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normal temperatures. Peter, thank you. That is all from me. Now on BBC

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One The headlines tonight:

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Making our lives a misery: calls for Birmingham Airport to drop testing

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for a new flightpath. Airport officials have promised to

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meet local residents next week. Also We cannot afford to let this trial

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dragged on when it is not working properly.

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tonight, More gold in the Commonwealth Games:

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this time for Wolverhampton's Kristian Thomas in the Team

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Gymnastics. How this big cat from Dudley Zoo

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The last few months we have been training so hard.

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extinction. And it's been the perfect weather

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for gathering in the harvest recently ` but something a little

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wetter in on the cards later this week. All the details coming up.

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Good evening. Families living near Birmingham Airport say the extra

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noise being generated by changes to flight paths is making their lives a

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misery. The Airport's running a six month trial of different routes

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following the opening of its extended runway. Now one MP's

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calling on the Transport Secretary to order the trials to be cancelled.

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Amy Cole reports. Discussing the problems. And that is

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a bone of contention since the airport has been allowing planes to

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take off and land on similar flight paths. Birmingham Airport's runway

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extension opened in May, bringing in new destinations and it seems a

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barrage of complaints. The airport has been trialling two

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options for new flight routes to make the most of the runway

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extension. The first has planes coming in AND out on the same path.

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And that means more noise for people living in places such as Hampton in

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Arden, Balsall Common and nearby villages. The second option involves

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aircraft making a turn just past Hampton and flying over open

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countryside. For those living near the airport, neither option is

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ideal. The airport insists it will

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I'm only sleeping for five hours a night. Sleep is constantly being

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interrupted. I don't accept being given the departure of aircraft as

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well. trial once it's over. But the

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residents want it to be scrapped and have the backing of their local MP.

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Residents say they're looking Three months of trials that haven't

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been going very well. The airport is not able to fly these roots

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accurately. We cannot afford to let this trial dry on when it is not

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working properly. I would like to see urgent intervention by the

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Secretary of State to try to improve the situation. `` dragged on.

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The airport as they did have a consultation when they were planning

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the roots. The trials produce data that will be collected by the

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airport and sent to the civil aviation authority you have the

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final approval on which fly three comes in. I have been trying to

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speak to the civil aviation authority to find out is, when they

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do that approval, the views of local residents are taken into account.

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They say that all relevant information relating to community

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feedback is taken into account. Hopefully, residents will have a say

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on what they think about this. Caroline Spellman has called for the

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Transport Secretary to intervene. I have spoken to the Department for

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Transport today who say that ultimately, they believe `` Bailey's

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the decision to the civil aviation authority. They say that Caroline

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Spellman did speak to the Transport Secretary earlier in the year, but

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they said that it is the responsibility of the civil aviation

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authority to make the decision. Ultimately, it does seem to rest

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with them. Thank you. Good to have you with us here

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on Midlands Today. Coming up later in the programme,

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blocked sewers on the increase. People are putting grease and oil

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down the drains which causes problems.

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We've another gold medal to celebrate at the Commonwealth Games.

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Kristian Thomas from Wolverhampton was part of the England Gymnastics

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squad which won the men's team event this afternoon.

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Dan Pallett is at the Games in Glasgow for us tonight.

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That makes 18 medals in total ` and ten of them gold.

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Well, there's no such thing as a banker in sport.

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But if anyone was going to win gold at these Games it was the

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England Gymnastics team including Kristian Thomas.

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They were the bronze medallists at London 2012 competing as

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Great Britain and only lost Daniel Keatings to the Scottish team

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And they duly delivered winning the gold medal

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But although they were favourites there's still pressure when you've

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There's always a lot of pressure on us. It's a high`pressure apparat is.

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The last few months we have been training so hard.

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Elsewhere today it's been a case of near misses.

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Birmingham's Omar Tafail just missed out on a bronze medal in the 57kg

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He lost to Craig Pilling of Wales but at the aged of just 19 he

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certainly showed he could be a medal contender in the future.

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Chinu Chinu from Oldbury is due to fight for a bronze

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Both the Gymnastics and the wrestling have taken place just

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across the river from here but just 25 minutes south of Glasgow we've

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had the mountainbiking where Beth Crumpton of Redditch was 9th in the

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women's race ` and Malvern's Liam Killieen was sixth.

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Who should we be looking out for now? Kristian Thomas will go again

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in the Nvidia `` individual apparat is. He is very good. Plenty of

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athletics to look forward to tomorrow. Most people just have to

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worry about themselves. The students Most competitors at the

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Commonwealth Games just have to But the Birmingham athlete Luke Gunn

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will be much busier. He'll also be watching out

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for his wife and `` the steeplechase is one of the

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best competitions in the Commonwealth. We have three of the

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best athletes in the world in it. It would be hard for anyone to beat

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them. I am going to aim to get in that top five if I can. If anyone

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falls I will be the first one to snap at their heels.

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His wife is Hannah England who runs in the 1500 metre final tonight.

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They met as students at the University of Birmingham

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Luke now manages the university's sports scholarship programme and 15

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of their current and former students are competing in Glasgow as well.

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We are trying to catch up with the likes of Loughborough University and

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bridge that gap to becoming the second best university, sports

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rights. The university takes it very seriously and is in `` investing

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heavily in a new sports centre. Scholarships are just part of the

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package. He'll be thrilled if Hannah or one

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of his scholars wins a medal but Luke would desperately love to stand

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on the podium himself as well. That wrestler I spoke about earlier

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had made a great start and has a bronze medal at his feet. You can

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see that on the BBC sport website. Adam Peter is back tonight. He is in

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the relay. The good news just keeps coming from Glasgow.

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The Worcestershire and England batsman Moeen Ali has been warned

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not to wear wristbands showing support for Gaza

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The 27`year`old wore bands saying "Free Palestine" and "Save Gaza" on

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the second day of the match in Southampton.

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International Cricket Council rules state that players should not wear

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messages relating to "political, religious or racial activities

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The digger maker JCB has secured an order for more than a thousand

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The deal has been made with the hire firm, A`Plant,

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The machines will be built at JCB's factories in Staffordshire.

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Two more people have been arrested as part of the investigation

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into the murder of a 23`year`old man from Rugby.

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Jordan Banton was shot dead in the village of Newton

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A 28`year`old man and a 34`year`old man, both from Rugby,

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A 19`year`old man remains in custody in connection with the murder.

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Drivers could be charged to bring polluting older diesel vehicles

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The government's looking at introducing 'Low Emissions Zones'

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in our biggest cities which would target the dirtiest diesels.

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London's considering introducing a ?10 charge

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Sian Grzeszczyk is in Birmingham city centre for us now.

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Tell us more about what this could mean in Birmingham.

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There are normally hundreds of cars driving through in the evening.

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They're all releasing various levels of pollution into the atmosphere.

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The problem with older diesel cars is that they can it particles which

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cut `` can cause problems for people who suffer from asthma. The

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Department for Transport says there are more than 1 million diesel cars

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on our roads in the West Midlands. Birmingham is leading the way on

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looking in the West Midlands. Birmingham is leading the way on

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looking into investigating could mean these sorts of charges being

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brought in for those older diesel cars that are pumping out more

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pollution. How dangerous are these levels of pollution? The Department

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for the environment, food and rural affairs released a statement today

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saying that unless action is taken, Birmingham, London and Leeds would

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face dangerous levels of pollution from vehicle exhausts by 2030. The

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RAC says there has been a shift in opinion on the benefits of using

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diesel cars in recent times. Although diesel vehicles are more

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fuel efficient, petrol technology has been catching up. The gap has

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closed drastically. Diesel vehicles also omits particular matters. The

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medical opinion is generally that perhaps we have underestimated the

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damage done by the really small particles emitted by diesel

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vehicles. Earlier, I spoke to someone at a petrol station about

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what they thought of the idea of low emission zones will stop it's a good

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idea. The way the city is now with traffic, it does need to be slowed

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down. The pollution in the city is ridiculous. There are newer cars

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with lower emissions. I understand `` I'd understand it was the old

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cars. The newer cars are lower emissions anyway. Now the debate has

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started, the RAC also came out today and said they are introducing some

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kind of scrappage scheme for those older diesel cars.

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Well, we've had lots of comments from you on this,

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?Adding another motor charge will only penalise the low income

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Roger Fownes emailed us to say "The sooner diesel fumes pollution

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Stop the dirty diesels altogether including old buses and taxis."

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Rebecca Warner tweeted " Diesel car owners should not pay ?10 a day!

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This fuel is more efficient than petrol"

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And a final word from Dave Horrocks on Facebook ` "I already pay more

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I got an older car because I can't afford a new one ."

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nearby residents call for Birmingham Airport to drop testing

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Rebecca's standing by with your detailed weather forecast `

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Temperatures are falling here as melting ice becomes arts. Find out

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why later. And join me later to find out why things are blooming

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marvellous for the wedding season. Now Birmingham's right up there

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in the lead with the highest score by far,

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closely followed by Wolverhampton and then Stoke on Trent but it's not

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good news, in fact it stinks. It's a league table

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for blocked sewers ` particularly Severn Trent spend ?10

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million clearing up the mess. Sarah Falkland's been out with one

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of their teams today and she's We will bring that report to you a

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little later on. From the rather unattractive world

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of our sewer system to an animal that many would say is the most

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strikingly beautiful in the world. Charismatic yet extremely dangerous,

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the biggest of all cats but Now a tiger from Dudley Zoo is

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being used to highlight the very Three year old Daseep is the face

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of Global Tiger Day, They are one of the most beautiful

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creatures in the world but also one of the most endangered. I don't

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think people understand that. They don't realise the state it is then.

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They are down to the last couple of hundred. Hopefully, they will find a

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way to keep them alive. Future generations will then get to see

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them. This females a match in Tiger has been selected to be the face of

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this year's global Tiger day. She is stunning to look at. She is one of

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the most beautiful tigers I have seen. If you think all tigers are

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like, think again. She has own, including Catherine Hugh has adopted

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her and comes to visit two or three times a week. She is just beautiful.

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You only have to take one look in her ice and she has got your heart.

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She is a special Tiger. She is one in a million. She's just so lovely.

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He had an adoption for his birthday as well. Now there are only around

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3,500 tigers left in the wilds. The mansion tigers like this one number

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just a few hundred. Despite the risk of extinction, some of the risk of

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extinction, some believe in captivity. What do we do, nothing?

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Just let them die out? I don't think that's unacceptable thing. Dudley

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Su's last pair of tigers produced eight cups, increasing the worldwide

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cemetery in tiger population by 2%. `` Dudley zoo. . Let's get that

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report on blocked sewers. Sarah Falkland's been out with one

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of their teams today and she's We will bring that report to you a

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little later on. I have flushed wet wipes standard

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toilets. Gravy! It is no laughing matter when what is flushed and up

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clogging the sewers. Severn Trent is having to clear 55,000 blockages per

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year. Darren Edwards and his team have been called to a house in the

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Black Country. An hour later, and made noxious smells, a result. This

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is what has been causing the problem. A few make`up wipes, an old

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dish cloth. Typically, it is a whole lot worse than this. Fat balls or

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fat birds sometimes up to a metre long results from discarded cooking

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oil, which has congealed in five cold pipes. They're usually a great

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light colour. The same as a piece of Florida would buy from the shop.

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They're not very nice to handle. It gets all over your clothes. In

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Wolverhampton, sewer blockages have risen by 50% in the last year. We

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have noticed it is mainly due to sanitary products. Fat balls and

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greases which have been disposed down the sink our second. We've all

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done it, I think. Down the toilet and down the sink, yeah. Someone in

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Wolverhampton even tried to flush away a pair of slippers. There are

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91,000 kilometres of sewers here and the blockage boys are hoping that

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the public think twice about what they're putting down there.

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This weekend the icemen cometh to Birmingham `

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5,000 frozen statues placed in the city centre to mark the centenary

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Each represents those who suffered and died.

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Lindsay Doyle has been talking to the Brazilian artist who'll be

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watching months of work melt away in front of her eyes.

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A first for Florence and now a first for Britain as a leading Brazilian

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artist creates 5,000 figures to form a transient army on the steps of

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Chamberlain Square, in memory of the men and women who lost their lives

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The monument is more a celebration of life than of death.

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Minimum Monument has been brought here with the help of

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The Birmingham Hippodrome as part of the city's commemorations

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The public will be invited to take a sculpture and place it in the

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squire. The cultures `` the sculptures will melt in a couple of

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hours. Italy `` it is powerful how each individual figure changes as it

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melts. The finished sculpture can be individually retouched to represent

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perhaps a full family member. of the first figures to be placed

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on the steps will be in memory of a soldier largely forgotten

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outside of his own family. Captain John Osborne Walford

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of the Worcestershire regiment It?s known he was treated

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for shell shock in 1919, three years It will restore people's memories

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again. They must be grandparents is not great grandparents by now. It is

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a wonderful thing that is being done.

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A momument to the common man, no less a hero.

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For a wedding, you need a bright, agreeing, a cake and some confetti.

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Mostly it is made of paper, but as our reporter has been finding out,

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not all. I'm in this field are full of the most gorgeous flowers. They

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are planning on repaying 500 million titles this year. They have only got

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ten days to get this entire crop in. The question is, how do they turn

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all of these flowers into this? It's harvest time in Shropshire. It is a

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1,500 acre site but 40 acres are reserved for growing flowers which

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are turned into confetti. The majority of our flowers are

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daffodils which gives us pink, purple, blue and light. We have some

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calendula and some wallflowers. It is a family run business. The owners

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originally sold flowers at the market in Newport. They come into

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bloom at different times so it is a juggling act, working out which ones

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come first. All the colours are different and they can come out at

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different times of the day, depending on the weather. It can

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vary from one colour in the afternoon and one colour in the

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morning. It takes practice, trying to perfect the art. Pickers will

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gather thousands of petals. Everything is hand`picked because

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the petals are so delicate. In the summer, the company receives 1000

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orders each month. This year, they expect to deliver at least 7,500

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packages to brides around the country. That's a lot of weddings

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and a lot of confetti. Joining me now is Katie Plant, the manager

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here. You make natural confetti. That means it's biodegradable. It

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will degrade in just a couple of days. We do not die our petals. You

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have been really lucky with the weather here. How he managed to

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harvest so fast? We have just over half of what we require. We are

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looking at just over 1.5 tonnes. That's a lot of confetti. This is

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the weather driven business. You only have ten days left you feeling

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nervous? Yes, especially when it is a bit cloudy today. We are hoping

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for not much rain. Rain at night time is fine but obviously when it

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is wet in the day, you cannot take because it's muddy. We want and

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sunshine. Thank you. That's how you make confetti. Let's just hope they

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manage to get everything in, in those ten days. It's time for the

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weather. We've had a rather dry and hot July

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and we are welcoming in a slightly damp August. We have plenty of cloud

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in the forecast as we had through the next few days. We will get some

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sunny spells and it will be a largely dry day. Things are starting

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to feel fresher. Today things started to change because we had

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this weather system working its way through. It has brought some cloud

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and the air is slightly less humid behind that. Tomorrow, those

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temperatures are going to be a little better than they have been.

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Down to 19 Celsius. This time last week we were in the 30s. It really

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is a little different. Overnight tonight it is largely dry. A few

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clear spells but also some cloud, overnight. The possibility of a few

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spots of rain. Temperatures overnight are doing a little better,

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around 11 to 14 Celsius. And less humid Il to things. Tomorrow morning

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starts off with a few bits of cloud. Some good breaks and the sun is out

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as well. The cloud structure still into the afternoon. Our secretaries

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are only getting up to or 24 degrees but it will feel a little fresher.

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It is a finance dry and to our Wednesday. We could have a few

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showers across the North Midlands overnight. Our temperatures again

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ranging through 12 and 15 degrees. By Thursday, I'm afraid we have a

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little bit of rain. Working its way through during the afternoon. Not

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great if you are off to the cricket. Temperatures a degree or two down on

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where they will be for the next couple of days. As we make our way

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towards the end of the week, there is even more rain in the forecast.

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It is looking like it will be a doubt we can.

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More than 100 Palestinians are killed in Gaza, after a night

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Calls from nearby residents for Birmingham Airport to drop plans for

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a new error path. That was Midlands Today. I will be back at 10pm with

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an update. I leave the ashram, travel halfway

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across the world to find my father, Oh, well. As Vashrati says,

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gotta keep smiling! We don't tend to use the bathroom

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together here. All right, well,

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I'll catch you later. This ashram of yours,

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it might be a cult. I take it back,

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he's definitely Cuckoo's son. MUSIC: "Changing"

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by Sigma feat. Paloma Faith

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