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A murder investigation is launched tonight after a shooting

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We'll be live with the latest from the scene, also tonight:

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After a five`year lull, a surge in revenue for tourism businesses

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in the Midlands as the warm weather persuades people to holiday at home.

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They are coming back lots and lots of times and spending the day with

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us. Fighting for harmony `

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the humanitarian worker from Stafford heading to war`torn Gaza to

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support local peace activists. The amazing starling formations,

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but why do they do it? Going for gold ` the Midlands

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athletes hoping to pick up And we've had plenty of glorious

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sunshine for the last few days ` it's not over just yet, but things

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starting to cool down a little. I'll have

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the full forecast later on. Good evening and welcome to BBC

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Midlands Today ` first tonight, to Police are dealing with

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a fatal shooting near Rugby. Emergency services were called

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earlier today to an incident on Newton Road,

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near the village of Newton. Our reporter Nadine Towell is there

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now, so Nadine, what has happened? What we know is what has been

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confirmed by Warwickshire Police, in a statement they issued in the past

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hour. You can see the scene behind me, a fair deal of police activity

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going on, and they have confirmed a man's body was found in an abandoned

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car a short way at Newton Road close to the village of Newton on the

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outskirts of rugby. The man was found with gunshot wounds and

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pronounced dead at the scene. Release and the emergency were

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called at about 12:45pm. `` police. What more police saying?

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They are appealing for weakness `` witnesses, specifically two vehicles

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were seen leaving the area at around the same time. A silver hatchback

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and a maroon metallic coloured car that they are anxious to trace. They

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have made two arrests, they have two people in custody, but their

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enquiries are continuing. There is no indication as to who the dead

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person is, where they might be from, there is speculation in the local

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pub about the person being from the local area, but at this stage police

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are not confirming that. Well,

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that incident means that currently Newton Road is closed between Newton

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and the crossroads with Newton Manor Tourist venues across the Midlands

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are already reporting a surge in business,

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as the warm weather is encouraging More than 100,000 people are

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employed full time in It brings around ?8 billion to

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the local economy, and some B and attractions are

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saying so far it's been the busiest Cath Mackie is at New Road cricket

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ground in Worcester tonight, where Cath, the cricket is major draw

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for Worcestershire as well, so have Yes, the crowds here are bigger and

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noisier than last season. Tonight's game is a sell`out. I'm going to

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step out of the way, because look at that year, it is stunning. It is not

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just here they are benefiting from the good weather.

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Life doesn't get much better than this when you're a kid.

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It's the summer holidays, the sun is shining,

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What's more, parents and grandparents are also

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enjoying themselves at Little Owl Farm Park at Dunhampton near

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Worcester, the great weather giving them the perfect chance to get out

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Getting out most days all around Worcestershire. This is a lovely

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environment for the children to play. But it is so much easier to

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find things to do when the weather's nice.

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This former pig farm was converted to a farm park less than a year ago.

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For the owners it's a great first summer in business.

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People have been so lovely, so kind, they are coming back lots and lots

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of times, and spending the day with us.

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Further north, business at Stourport Marina is well

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up on the same time last year; while in the town itself an advertising

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campaign plus the sunshine is reaping rewards for traders.

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We put an advertising campaign on local radio, that was exercise `` a

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success in 2013 so we're running it again. You can see the number of

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people who are here enjoying themselves.

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My accountant is here this morning, and last year was the first year we

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made a substantial profit. This year I think is going to be better.

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Places like bed and breakfasts who are also feeling the benefit."

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Steve and Caroline Curtis have been running their B at Fladbury

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Looking at the number of heads on beds, we are seeing about 30%

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improvement on last year. The weather and the tourism industry

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here have been up and down in recent years ` and they're enjoying

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the good times while they last. With me now is Mike Ashton, from

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visit Worcestershire. It is too early for a definitive and visitor

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numbers, but anecdotally, what are you hearing? Definitive visitor

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numbers. We are getting good figures from everyone. It is great news.

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Is it down to the sunshine or has there been lots of investment going

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on? We have a cricket ground, millions of pounds, and that is

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reaping rewards for the cricket. And there is investment elsewhere. But I

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think the weather will always help, but there is a lot of hard work

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going on in promoting the country. A lot of competition out there, not

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just in the Midlands. But if you get sunshine, people had to the coast.

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Can you compete with that? I think we have unique attractions keeping

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people in the county. The West Midlands Safari Park, the Malvern

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Hills... And all of these are worth a lot of money to the area.

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Absolutely. We have had a survey that value risen to ?538 million per

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year. The third August industry in the country.

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We can expect a lot more visitors in the next few days. `` biggest

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industry is my third biggest industry.

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Many didn't know him, but they came today to pay

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A humanitarian worker from Stafford is about to leave for the West Bank

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to spend three months as an international observer.

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Chris Venables is travelling to Gaza to work in the heart

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He'll be supporting local peace activists,

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He's been speaking to our Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper.

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This film shows the daily routine of human rights observers

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Visiting refugees forms part of their work, as does reporting

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Chris Venables is about to leave from his home in

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Stafford to join the humanitarian effort in the West Bank.

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I walked through Stafford to school every day without thinking much

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about violence in the Middle East, but Palestinian children every day

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have to walk past the Israeli army and face intimidation and violence.

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My role whilst I am there is to help them and make them feel they are not

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alone. Chris will be working amongst

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a group of impartial human rights observers, monitoring events

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in the heart of Gaza. Part of the role involves

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helping children as they cross There are children as young as five

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who are walking on their own through these IM girders with guns either

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side. `` I run girders. `` I run girders.

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Back home in Stafford, Chris will be leaving

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behind friends and family, who'll be following his work closely.

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It is a mix of emotions, but it will be an amazing time out there. And we

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will be in contact with him. It was scary when he said, but of all the

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friend group who was going to do it, it would be Chris. At feel proud to

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know him that he is going out there to do this.

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`` I feel proud. Despite the ongoing diplomatic

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efforts, fighting's continued It'll be

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against this background that the teams of human rights observers will

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be working over the coming months. A report for the Labour Party has

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found nearly a third of children in The research also reveals that more

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young people The report, commissioned

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by Birmingham MP Liam Byrne, is calling for a new Child Poverty

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Commission to support parents. Nicola Beckford has been taking

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a closer look at the figures. The Birmingham Child Poverty Review,

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led by MP Liam Byrne, has been gathering evidence on children who

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self`harm, and child poverty. The report's authors describe their

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findings as "profoundly shocking". Five years ago 289 under`18s were

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admitted to A That number increased

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to 404 last year. The young people we see, up to

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16`year`old people, they may have taken overdose and they may self

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harm, they might have burned themselves, or taken other poisonous

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substances. The report describes how families

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face "scrounge week" at the end of every month, as they are forced to

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beg from friends to make ends meet. It says that a third of the city's

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children lived in poverty last year. Some experts say there could be

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a link between the rise in self`harm and children living

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in desperate circumstances. We do think there is a link between

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child poverty and self harm, we think that link is a combination of

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complex difficulties, in terms of poverty relating to homelessness,

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families being in crisis around debt...

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The review says the reasons for child poverty are complex `

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and the rising cost of childcare, the lack of affordable housing and

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Birmingham City Council says they plan to set up a

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Child Poverty Commission to drive forward their work.

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More of the day?s news now, and a 34`year`old man has been

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charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found

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Damian Dinobewei was arrested after police made the discovery

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Detectives want witnesses who may have seen a pink convertible Audi A3

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in the Rubery area earlier that day to contact them.

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The Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police is leaving after being

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appointed to a new job overseeing police forces in England and Wales.

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Mike Cunningham was today announced as Her Majesty's Inspector

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The appointment is initially for a five`year period, and commands

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An improvement notice served on Walsall council's children's

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safeguarding services two years ago has been lifted.

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The Department for Education has taken the decision after an Ofsted

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inspection revealed "significant improvements" in social work

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It's one of nature's most amazing sights ` a giant flock

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And now a physicist at the University of Warwick has come up

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with a new computer model to explain how the birds manage to do it.

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It's research that could one day be used to guide swarms

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Thousands of birds flocking in the sky.

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Often seen in autumn just before sunset.

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You see it for about an hour a day, and it is really impressive, and you

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get thousands of people, tourists, joining you and looking at them as

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well. They are interested when I say I am doing research.

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And this is the starling research Dan has been working on.

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A computer model attempting to replicate starling behaviour.

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Each "bird" in the model is thinking for itself.

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And the key to this model is the birds are all trying to preserve

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the opacity of the flock; in other words, making sure the gaps

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between birds are large enough so they can see other birds and the sky

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So if there is a predator on the far side you might see the predator

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itself through the flock, and that is how you introduce this idea into

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the model. And this is one situation

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the new model might be very useful. If we can takes on thing that we

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learn from birds who have developed this kind of trade over thousands of

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years, and apply it to drones, it may be more efficient than coming up

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with our own system. A murder investigation is launched

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tonight after a fatal shooting Rebecca will have

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your detailed weekend weather Tens of thousands of revellers

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are heading to Warwickshire this weekend for one of the country's

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biggest dance festivals. Gold or silver, he's guaranteed one

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medal ` but what colour will it be? War hero George Dexter survived

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the sinking of not one, but two ships and he came to be known as

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"Uncle Albert" after the character The truth is he had only two

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relatives in the world, and when he died this month,

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it was feared his funeral would be Nearly 50 mourners turned up to

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honour a man whom most It was George Dexter's last journey

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` but he didn't make it alone. And the fact that most

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of the mourners had never even met him mattered not

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at all It have been a small Guys like him gave us our freedom

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today. That is why we are here. I wouldn't like any veteran to go away

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from this world to the next world without anybody being here.

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One of his last living relatives was very grateful. Really glad to see a

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fine turnout. In Greek `` in the Greek

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Mediterranean `` in the Greek Mediterranean he was upon Dutch

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troops system `` troopship when it was sunk by the Germans. Then he was

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on a second and third ship which were also sunk. George was one of a

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handful to survive, and his nephew heard the story often. He was

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grateful that he had survived, and wanted to make sure that the memory

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of his comrades who were lost really stayed in people's minds.

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There was one of a mourner who knew George, 77 `` a 77`year`old who flew

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over from his home in Holland. His father was the captain of the ship,

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and he died that day. He told me the story and what was going on during

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the bombing and the sinking, and it is important for me and the

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families. He outlived two wives, he was 97

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when he died. George Dexter may now be gone, but most ethnically he is

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not forgotten. Tens of thousands people are descending on

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Warwickshire this weekend for one of the country's biggest dance

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festivals. Global Gathering has been held

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on the site at But while all eyes are

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on the performers, behind the scenes local charities

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are benefiting from the event, as Mention Global Gathering and you

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probably think of something like this.

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But it is unlikely you ever think of this, two community first

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responders. They `` their equipment and ongoing costs are all financed

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by a ?5,000 donation from Global Gathering last year. With heart

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attacks, minutes make such a difference, and if we are next door,

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in the next village, it can be the difference between life and death.

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Long Marston has also had donations for the church, local shop, village

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hall and a permanent defibrillator. Seeing it on television makes people

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realise that Global Gathering do great things.

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On the other side of Stratford`upon`Avon, the Shakespeare

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Hospice. Many people just take the money and run, so the fact they do

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try and support ourselves, the guide dogs, local churches etc, I think at

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least it is showing they are trying to help. This is my first festival,

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so I wanted to do one that was crying `` out there. Everyone always

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talks about going to Global Gathering. It is a good buzz.

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Around 50,000 people attend Global Gathering each day, and since it

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started in 2001, they have given over ?300,000 to worthy causes. The

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festival's been based here for a reason, and a lot of the people who

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founded the festival are from the area, so it is important to give

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back and make sure we are a strong member of the community.

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For some locals, Global Gathering means a weekend of misery with

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traffic jams and I use it late into the night.

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But with its origins right here in the town, this is one festival

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determined to give something back as a thank you to the community.

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And for regular travel updates on the roads around Long Marston

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and those affected by Global Gathering, you can listen to

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After eight Midlands medals at the Commonwealth Games yesterday,

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we haven't had quite the same drama today.

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Our sports editor Nick Clitheroe joins me now.

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I am thrilled to say a gold medal has been won by Danny Williams from

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Shrewsbury in the judo. He beat the New Zealander to get `` take the

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gold in the last few minutes. He was not in the original team, he was

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only called up but the last minute echoes of an injury to somebody

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else. He was sat there with a bowl of spaghetti and garlic bread when

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he took the call, and he had to put them aside because he did not want

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to put anywhere it on. What have been the other Midlands

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highlights today? Well, there's no doubt

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the other big highlight has been the performance of the swimmer

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Adam Peaty from Uttoxeter. He was disappointed to finish

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just outside the medals in the 200 But he bounced straight back

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in the heats of the 100 metre breaststroke this morning, flying

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away from the field to win his race He's currently ranked second

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in the world at the event so there are high hopes

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of a medal in tomorrow's final. I'm not looking at medals at the

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moment. I just want to put on a good show for the crowd.

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There is plenty more action in the swimming pool tonight.

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As well as Peaty in the semi`final of his event,

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we'll also get another chance to see Kidderminster's Amy Smith

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And Rachael Kelly from Staffordshire will go in the final of

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the 100 metres butterfly ` although she was the slowest qualifier, so

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But you never know, if she did that it would be a fantastic end to the

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day. But the main news, that gold`medal for Danny Williams in the

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judo. And there's

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a special photo gallery on our Facebook page of all the Midlands

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medal winners so far, and we'll be It's been another warm and sunny

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day, and Rebecca is on the balcony for us ` so is it flip`flop weather

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or welly weather this weekend? Don't put those flip`flops away yet,

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because it is still gloriously sunny, and it will stay that way as

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we have through the weekend. You might need sunglasses this evening,

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certainly here in the centre of Birmingham plenty of people are

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sucking up the sunshine. Today our temperatures managed to make it up

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to 27 Celsius, we got 26 and 25 elsewhere, and it will continue to

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stay that way, we could even reach that tomorrow. But if you are

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looking for change, things will start a head that way over the next

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few days. Plenty more sunshine to come in the forecast, but our

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temperatures are going to take a little bit of a tumble during the

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next few days. Overhead at the moment we do have clear that arise,

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but we have a little bit of cloud working its way across the South

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Midlands, even as a few showers. But overnight tonight, calm and clear.

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It has been a hot day, so it will be a muggy night. We start off tomorrow

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with low cloud and missed having worked its way in from East, that

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will burn of rather rapidly. Anti`of cloud and run, so that hums ``

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sunshine will be quite hazy. `` plenty of cloud and rain. We have a

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cold front working its way through, which will bring some showers

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overnight, and the air behind that is going to be a little cooler. Good

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news for God is waiting for a shower, 's by a nose. `` gardeners.

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It will still be a muggy night on Sunday night, `` on Saturday night,

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but Sunday is not looking too bad. Showers wrapping up at times through

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the day, `` popping up. As we head into the start of the working week,

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we will get sunny spells and showers, but our temperatures are

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back to where we would expect them to be, between 21 and 22 Celsius.

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Keep those flip`flops to hand. Back on track ` the UK economy has

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now grown bigger than it was And a murder investigation has been

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launched tonight after a fatal Let's go back to our top story,

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and Nadine Towell is in Newton near Rugby, the police have launched

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a murder investigation, The village of Newton is behind the

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roadblock, so we are unable to access the village. The only

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building in the vicinity is the pub, the St Thomas Cross Inn, which was

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open at the time the emergency services arrived this lunch time.

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But the lady running the pub has told me she heard absolutely

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nothing. She was as surprised as everybody else when the police

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turned up, and she has been unable to really help them with their

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investigation. There is speculation going on inside at about the cause

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for the shooting and who the dead person might be. Police forensics

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officers are still at the scene, and I believe the car and the man's body

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are still at the scene. Police are holding a briefing later, so I am

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hoping we will be able to bring you the very latest at our 10:25pm over

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ten. A man has been arrested of reaching

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Birmingham Airport security. `` suspicion of reaching. The

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22`year`old from Redditch is accused of entering an aerodrome without

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permission and boarding an aircraft without permission.

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I will be back at 10:25pm with the latest on the fatal shooting in

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Warwickshire. Remember you can get in touch with us.

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I will see you later on.

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