27/07/2014 Midlands Today


27/07/2014

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Businesses close to a major regeneration project in Coventry

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say the impact of the ongoing work could cause them to shut down.

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The development at Friargate is expected to transform the area

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Early this morning, the concrete munchers moved in.

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And by first thing tomorrow this bridge over Coventry's ring road

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Health and future. Investing in the city to kick`start this project.

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We're looking at 15,000 new jobs not including all be construction work

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already taking place. And this is the vision ` the ?40

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million Friargate development will see the demolition of some of

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Coventry's dated office blocks and make the city more pedestrian

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friendly. It will be generated as part of

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Coventry and link the station to the city centre with a pedestrian

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walkway at Boulevard through to the city.

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But just around the corner in Warwick Road, not such a positive

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picture. The small businesses here are surrounded by traffic cones and

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heavy machinery. And the owner of this printing firm

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says since the regeneration work began, trade has suffered.

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Alan problem as I sort of print works business is: Will we still be

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around to reap the benefits of Allah regenerated city. `` of of aware.

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This footage shows the progress that's already been made with the

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project ` described as a "once in a generation opportunity to change the

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face of Coventry". The nearby businesses just hope that

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they'll still be here as the new Coventry takes shape.

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Details of a car believed to be involved in a fatal shooting

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A man in his twenties was found dead in

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Warwickshire Police say it's believed the offender sped away

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from the scene in a Vauxhall Insignia, similar to this one, with

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Three people have been arrested in connection with the killing.

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Staffordshire swimmer Adam Peaty's struck gold at the

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He won the hundred metres breaststroke and set a new record

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And there was success for other Midlands athletes

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in the pool and in weightlifting, as Giles Latcham reports.

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The proudest of moments and a dream come true for Adam Peaty.

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The 19`year`old from Uttoxeter has long idolised South Africa's Cameron

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van de Burgh ` now his main competition in the 100m breastroke.

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And van de Burgh it was, alongside him in lane three who set the pace.

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Gradually though as the South African tired, Peaty reeled him back

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into claim the gold with a new British record.

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A huge maturity to allow him to go off like that you know how he

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raises? I have watched him for a long time. He is my rival now. I

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just did my best and it paid off. After a few hours sleep Peaty was

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back in the pool this morning, setting a new commonwealth record in

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his heat of the fifty metres. He goes tonight in the semi.

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A fourth`placed finish from Amy Smith from Kidderminster was enough

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to see her through her heat of the 100 metres freestyle.

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Sarah Adlington from Shrewsbury added to Scotland's haul of Gold in

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Judo's heavyweight category. And months of training at

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Warwickshire College in Henley in Arden paid off for Zoe Smith who

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muscled her way to gold in the The National Youth Orchestra has

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been taking part in a special performance of the Last

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Post at Birmingham Library today. It's to commemorate the last day

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of peace before the First World War The international event began

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in Italy, and other countries across the world have been taking

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part in the project. A look at the Midlands' weather now

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` here's Charlie Slater: Good evening. We are in for a cooler

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and more comfortable night of sleeping tonight. Some rain spreads

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down from the north or west of us. Temperatures way down on what they

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have been. A couple of showers tomorrow. Some of them have the

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potential to turn happy but otherwise it is a mainly dry day and

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occasionally a bright day. 20 or 23 degrees.

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I will be back at 10:25pm. Have a good evening.

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Topped temperatures down 5 degrees on yesterday and much lower humidity

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so the second part of the weekend has been much more comfortable. The

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coming few days, if we get sunshine it will be pleasantly warm. It's not

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a completely dried story because they will be showers dotted around

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and it should be that bit cooler at night. The satellite sequence from

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today shows some thunderstorms across the southeastern corner and a

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lot of fine weather that into the West of Scotland this cloud has been

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producing some fairly heavy bursts of rain and will continue to do so.

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A bit of a breeze associated with that. It will sit south through this

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evening and into the overnight period getting down into northern

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and central parts of Wales by the end of the night by which stage we

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will see showers

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