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has been hit by a missile in northern Gaza. That's all from

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Success for Oldbury's Jodie Stimpson, as she takes the first

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We'll be live at the Black Country club where it all started for

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The family of a Worcestershire helicopter pilot who was killed

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in the North Sea call for an independent review of the crash.

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I want to see proper road `` proper, regular checks, with

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penalties, finds. A bus company says sorry

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after a teenage dwarf is repeatedly told he's not allowed onboard with

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his special bike. A hundred years on, the new BBC

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radio drama from Birmingham charting And the mercury's been bubbling `

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temperatures were destined to hit the heights today,

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but did we get there? She was overlooked for the Olympics

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in London two years ago, but tonight Jodie Stimpson is the toast

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of the Black Country after becoming England's first gold medallist

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at the Commonwealth Games. The serious action had only been

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under way for four hours in Glasgow when the 25`year`old triathlete

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from Oldbury struck gold. And to complete a Midlands double,

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Vicky Holland from Newent in A moment she'd spent

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her life striving for. The anthem confirmed that

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Jodie Stimpson is the Commonwealth This is like all year, and I have

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got to thank so many people who got me through.

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Jodie's 25, and this a gold medal a long time in the making.

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She took up triathlon aged eight, and began competing aged nine.

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She became a full`time athlete but funding was hard, and a building

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Her main aim was to compete at London 2012.

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But she was controversially omitted from the team, with the selectors

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So today, she was determined to make it count.

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Jodie was up with the pace through the swim, she

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And after setting the tempo for the run, she kicked for home.

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She dashed for glory, beating Canada's Kirsten Sweetland

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into second with Vicky Holland from Newent in Gloucestershire

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There are so many of my family here, which is awesome.

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It's been an emotional day ` but one that Jodie Stimpson will

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Well, Dan is in the Black Country for us where the next generation

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of Jodies are in training ` I should imagine there's great

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Wellcome to Oldbury, this is the club night for the swimming and

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triathlon club junior section. Everyone I have spoken to, because

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one of the owner has won gold. Jodie's family house is just through

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the trees. Mark, you are the triathlon coach, how proud you of

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her? It is great. Inspirational to the children and everyone in the

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club. Encourages everyone when someone does so well. How quickly

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did you realise she was a talent? The first time I saw her. But raw

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talent takes you so far, it is determination and hard work that has

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got her where she is. What does it into your club? It is

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nice to say to the young children, some `` something to look up to.

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Especially because of the younger club children being into swimming,

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and that was Jodie's weaker side when she was young. And she is

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coming back and taking part in a race. A week on Sunday, there is a

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celebration of the Commonwealth Games, and she is going to come and

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take part. There is no cycling, and the distances are not too big. Half

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the distance of what she did today, and a short distance, a 400 swim and

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2.5 kilometre run. How many people get the chance to compete against

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their heroes? That is in two weeks' time.

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And we'll return to Dan later in the programme to find out how other

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competitors from the region have been faring on Day One in Glasgow.

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Good to have you with us here on Midlands Today.

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Plenty more to come tonight, including:

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Our beautiful countryside ` how our meadows are being

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Major stories stay open late in Birmingham in preparation for Eid.

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The family of a pilot from Worcestershire,

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whose helicopter crashed into the North Sea five years ago,

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have called for an independent review into the accident.

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24`year`old Richard Menzies from Droitwich was one of 16 men who

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died when the Super Puma helicopter they were flying in crashed

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In November 2011, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch found that the

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aircraft suffered a "catastrophic failure" of its main rotor gearbox.

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16 months later the Crown Office said the helicopter

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operators wouldn't be prosecuted, because failings couldn't be proved

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Last March, a fatal accident inquiry found the tragedy might

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have been avoided if proper maintenance had been carried out.

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Today the Worcestershire Coroner agreed with those findings.

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It should have been a routine journey, but instead the Super Puma

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helicopter plunged into the sea, leaving 16 families devastated.

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Richard Menzies, who was co`piloting the aircraft, died instantly.

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After today?s inquest, his father Andrew says the family?s

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The coroner's powers are fairly limited what he can do given that

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Richard's death was in Scotland. But Richard's father says he is

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worried about the safety of the I am concerned on three levels, the

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complacency of the operators, the lack of transparency, and inadequate

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regulation. What would you like to see happen? I would like to see an

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independent judge look at the evidence and satisfy the families

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that the right decision was made. As a father, I miss him terribly. He

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would probably be now a captain flying helicopters, probably wanting

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to do their sea rescue which is what he wanted to specialise in.

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The helicopter's operators, Bond Offshore,

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have accepted they made mistakes and say lessons have been learned.

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Richard's father hopes tighter regulations could help stop it

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I say it out of a genuine concern, that Super Puma helicopters still

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keep dropping out of the sky. For the first time, retailers

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in Birmingham city centre are The Muslim holiday marks the end

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of Ramadan, Tonight many stores will stay open

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until ten o'clock, so people can break their fast

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and shop ahead of Eid on Monday. Live now to Amy Cole who's

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in Birmingham city centre ` It is just starting to pick up,

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at 9pm. The big consumer drive got at 9pm. The big consumer drive got

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under way and hour and a half ago, and some local businesses are

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concerned that the city centre is now cashing in.

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The city centre was already pretty packed this afternoon, but the

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number of shoppers is expected to swell over the next few hours.

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For the first time major stores are extending their opening hours so

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that people can buy their goods in time for Eid celebrations on Monday.

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Some retailers say they're already seeing an upsurge in trade.

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We have seen our menswear business grow by almost 50% in the days and

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weeks coming up to Eid. So we know there is a huge appetite for our

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products and services at this special time.

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Also noticing the demand is Selfridges,

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It is tonight they are expecting the most amount of shoppers here. There

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will be lots of interest in the store, such as Arabic calligraphers.

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And for this evening only, the store has created a shisha

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The children can stay out `` up late. I come from Dubai, so there

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shops opening late for Eid is not so unusual. I'm not sure why it has not

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done before. Atia Hussain owns a clothes shop

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in Ladypool Road. For years she's stayed open late

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in the run up to Eid, but is now worried about competition

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from the city centre. People used to come to Asian shops

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and think because it is Eid we can go to Asian areas, but nowadays they

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are saying because machete `` the city centres are open they are going

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there. For retailers, tonight is

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a gamble they hope will pay off. I am joined now by a spokeswoman

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from retail Birmingham. Why has this not been done before?

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Many of the retailers have always had activity for Eid, we can bring

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all the stores together and collectively put on an event such as

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tonight. We hope it is one we can continue in the future.

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Events such as these in terms of planning, it has taken almost 20 map

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`` 12 months to put together. One independent store owner told us

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she is quite worried that shoppers will be attracted away, when

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traditionally they have always gone to more of the Asian areas. Our

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remote is trying to push the hair and beauty offer for women, so a lot

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of customers will stoke low for the traditional areas. `` still do. It

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is not to detract sales from any area, but to add to the offer that

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is already available. Eid is an important festival, is it

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on a par with Christmas? It is on par with Christmas in terms of

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trade. How will you be celebrating Eid on

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Monday? I will probably be out shopping and spending time with the

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family. There will be plenty to do over the

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next few days, and the shops really will be staying open much later as

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well. A teenage dwarf was asked to "

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prove he was disabled" when he tried 17`year`old Kain Francis has now

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been refused travel five times in the last two weeks because

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of the disability bike he uses to It's a disability aid that helps him

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get around. But over the last weeks, it has led

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to him being refused to travel. They said, we do not want you on the bus.

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He wouldn't let me speak, he went let me say it is my disabled aid.

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And he asked if it had stabilisers on it.

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The teenager from Kingstanding in Birmingham has dwarfism.

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Last night he was refused travel twice in 20 minutes. In one case,

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the driver astonishingly asked him to prove he was actually disabled.

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He was telling me how I could prove I was disabled, and I said, can you

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not see I am disabled? It has escalated into something much

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bigger, where my young nephew Kain has been I think verbally assaulted

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on a bus or a driver. Kain's family have already had a

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written apology for the first incident, but as we found out this

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afternoon, the problems are still continuing. This is a disabled bike.

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You are refusing me to get on? It is now happening almost every

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time I go on the bus. It is terrible. It is embarrassing as

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well. We took the footage to show the bus

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company. We are sorry for the inconvenience and the upset it has

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caused. We didn't realise the anomaly quick enough and didn't

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quite understand what was causing this issue, but now we have realised

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it we have acted very quickly, we have given a letter to him today

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which he can show to every driver. Kain and his family are hoping he

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will not be left waiting for a lift home again.

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Drug`resistant superbugs have been found in a Warwickshire river.

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Scientists at the University of Warwick made the discovery

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a mile downstream of a sewage treatment plant on the River Sowe.

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The study claims processing human, farm

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and industrial waste all together in one place makes it easier

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for bacteria to become resistant to a wide range of antibiotics.

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This river might look ordinary, but scientists have discovered it is

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harbouring and invisible enemy, superbugs.

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You could be colonised by very resistant bacteria, and those

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resistant bacteria and then sitting in Europe died, and then you have a

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risk they might cause infection. Scientists also found human gut

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bacteria which had developed a resistance to an antibiotic used to

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treat severe infections. Back at the laboratory one of the

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scientists analysing the results says it is an important discovery.

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It is a four`time super resistant strains have been found in UK

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rivers. `` it is the first time. Severn Trent insists drinking water

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is safe, but would like to see more research. We are aware that

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antibiotics are in our sewage treatment processes, and we are keen

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to work with other organisations to really understand where they come

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from and how we can remove them to make sure they do not have an impact

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in the `` on the environment. But don't you know enough at this stage

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to take immediate action? I don't think so. If other authorities were

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to advise us to do something differently, we would take our

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environmental responsibilities very seriously and we would make any

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necessary changes. Doctor Wellington says work due to

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be published later this year is expected to see `` show a similar

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story on samples found in the River Thames.

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Success for Jodie Stimpson from Oldbury in the Black Country,

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as she takes the first gold of the Commonwealth Games.

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An even hotter day today ` Shefali's ready with your detailed

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A hundred years on, the new radio drama, stretching over

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all four years, charting events here at home during the First World War.

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From today, millions of wildflowers are being

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planted in urban areas across Birmingham and the Black Country.

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Our reporter Nicola Beckford has been at one of the sites in Sedgley

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Conservationists spent the morning here cutting and packing Harry, to

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recreate new wildlife meadows. `` hay. They are building on similar

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work carried out last year. This is one of very few such meadows left in

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England. We want to expand their populations and bring them into the

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city where people can have contact with that wildlife.

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The operation is to be done in one day to make sure the seeds reached

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the destination will still fresh. This is one of the areas where the

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new Meadow will be grown. The land has been preprepared to receive the

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freshly cut hay. Almost 30 days `` Wales have been

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harvested and delivered to ten sites across the region, but these

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volunteers wanted to work quickly, as if the hay gets too hot, the

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seeds will die. The organisers feel confident

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however that the new Meadow will grow.

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We should eventually get some orchids coming up, which should look

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really pretty and make the area much better than the brown grass you can

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see here. This year's work will establish an

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even bigger network of meadows. Rural idyll is within an urban

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environment. `` idols. Back to the Commonwealth Games

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action now, and Gold medallist Jodie Stimpson's not the region's

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only competitor in action today. Let's rejoin Dan in Oldbury

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for news of the others. So, Dan, who have we got to

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look out for this evening? The kids behind take part in

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cycling, which is where lots of other medals have been one today.

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First of all Helen Scott, from down the road, she is the pilot in her

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event and she writes with Sophie Thornhill. They won the two hates

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and won the final. They are expressly proud to win gold. `` the

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two seats. `` the two heats. It is info `` it is fantastic that even

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one of our events is in. Maybe next time another of our events might be

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put in as well. The team sprint once over this

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afternoon, but they were beaten by New Zealand.

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`` won silver. Andy Tennant from Wolverhampton has been in the team

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pursuit, riding alongside Bradley Wiggins.

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They also won a silver. Jess varnish from Bromsgrove,

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discoloured at the London 2012 Olympics, was in the 500 metres time

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trial today. She won bronze. Who have we got to look out for this

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evening? The number one event to look out for

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is the men's 200 metres breaststroke. Adam Piti from

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Uttoxeter is through, also Michael Jamieson.

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We have already had these medallists, it is day one of the

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Commonwealth Games, plenty to look forward to this evening and for the

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rest of the Games. The story of life on the Home Front

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during World War I is being It's being recorded in Birmingham,

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and it's an ambitious drama serial which will be broadcast over four

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years with 600 episodes. More now

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from our arts reporter Satnam Rana. The Great War ` usually remembered

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as a soldier's conflict. Over 8.5 million men served

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between 1914 and 18. But now Radio 4's new ambitious

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drama Home Front is telling Actors play out their words, and

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sound effects are added in the production suite.

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Recorded at BBC Birmingham's radio astronomers studio, it is set in

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Folkestone, and will also take us to Newcastle and Devon.

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There were 40 million people who did not go to war, but who were

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dedicated to the information from the front. If we could represent a

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tiny proportion of those stories, that would be brilliant. I know you

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mean well, but it is not realistic. One of these stories is told through

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Isabel, a self`taught driver from a well`off family and ends up buying

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an ambulance. Women with funds what `` went out and bought their own

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ambulances and supplies. They literally got behind the wheel of a

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car and learned to drive. And then I get very excited about buying

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surgical bandages and then going across to France.

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The stories are fictional, but each one has a historical fact hidden

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within it. To find out what that is, tune in at mid`day on fourth August.

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Exactly 100 years to the day Great Britain declared war on Germany.

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You can find out more about the new show Home Front on the BBC website.

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Now let's find out more about this scorching weather.

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There were a few people today flustered by the heat, because it

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was hotter than yesterday by 1 degrees for most parts, finishing

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numbers were 28 Celsius for Birmingham.

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29 Celsius in neighbouring Wales, and hottest race was worth it,

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making it the hottest day of the year so far. `` the hottest place

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was Dorset. There will be a drop of around nine

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to 10 degrees by Sunday, but this cooler air is coming in as a result

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of this home from `` this front. The cooler conditions will probably

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persist into the middle of next week. Not to say they will not rise

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before that, they could well do, but we also have some fairly prolific

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showers breaking out. They could become widespread by the

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end of the weekend. If you haven't been out there to enjoy the

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sunshine, you could `` you should do the litmus test now because it is

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cooling down to something more comfortable. Then we are into clear

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skies for tonight. It is dry across all parts as well, we may see the

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odd shower breaking out, but then those will fade away very quickly.

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Temperatures falling to a minimum of 15 to 16 Celsius, possibly even 17,

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so a very sticky night. For tomorrow, slightly cooler

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conditions. We have more cloud drifting in from the east, due to a

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slight change in the wind direction, temperatures perhaps will not reach

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the giddy heights of today's values. That breeze is slightly lighter at

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around nine miles per hour. As for tomorrow night we could see the odd

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shower breaking out, very light ones however. Predominantly dry, with

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clear spells. Saturday dry until those showers are.

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`` arrive. A UN shelter in Gaza is hit

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by an Israeli missile ? 15 people And Jodie Stimpson from Oldbury

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in the Black Country wins the triathlon and takes the first

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gold of the Commonwealth Games. Well, when did we start funding

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projects in Gaza? How do you know people

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are telling the truth? Well, when did we start funding

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projects in Gaza? I should never have done this.

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I should never have agreed to this.

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