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still the potential. Quite nasty weather. To keep an

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Nine charged by police as a rooftop anti`war protest

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There are many targets in strategy to bring Israel to account. If it is

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not an arms factory, it is a supermarket.

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We'll be finding out about the protest's impact

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The Bulldog Bash is back but not so brash ` town?

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Warwickshire's biker event goes ahead despite police concerns.

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The important thing to remember that the Bulldog Bash is back. I'm at an

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agricultural show. What farmers saying about the future of the

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agricultural industry? Adding happiness

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to this Midlands town? It is amazing to see what something

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so simple can do for a community. Ex Hurricane Bertha is on the way `

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but will it affect us here Protestors who shut down a

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Staffordshire factory for two days over Israeli military action

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in Gaza say they won't give up. Nine people spent the night

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in police cells after officers climbed onto

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the roof to bring them down. Two have been charged with trespass

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and banned from returning to Staffordshire

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pending a court hearing. Workers were back

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at the factory today The company, UAV, makes engines

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which campaigners allege are used in Israeli drone

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aircraft bombing Gaza. Of the roof, out of the cells and on

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bail. Solidarity was being shown today. Nine protesters were released

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today after being arrested for a protest on the roof of a factory

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that makes engines for drones. The Israeli parent company is proud of

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its growing company. Some are capable of carrying a substantial

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payload, 350 kilograms. Drones have been responsible for scenes like

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this. But despite all of the criticism they have had in the last

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few days, the company did not want to defend itself today.

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I'm from the BBC. I wondered if anyone wants to talk about what is

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happening in the last few days. Can you leave the premises, please? With

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UAV back to work, the rest of the village can go back to work. It has

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been much quieter than it has`been normally. The customers could not

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get through the road. Dismantled as the regulars were annoyed that now

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he can see their point. If what they are saying are true and these

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atrocities are going on in Gaza, if it was happening here, we would be

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unhappy as well. I think there could be a better way of going about it.

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The protesters want an arms embargo on Israel. So does the MP.

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It needs to be recognised that 3500 rockets have been fired at Israel, a

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network of tunnels has been dubbed to kidnap Israelis, to murder them.

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So those people have rights as well and we must deplore the attacks that

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Hamas have made on Israelis as much as we must make a replay to the

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Israeli government that the killing that has gone on must not continue.

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And this week's protest was seen as justifiable by pro`Palestine groups.

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`` `` was seen as unjustifiable bike pro Israeli groups.

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Good to have you with us this evening.

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How troubled Hereford United have overcome one crisis at least,

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just two days before the new season in a new league.

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Bikers have been descending on Warwickshire all day

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for the Bulldog Bash ` one of the biggest events of its kind.

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Police objected to the gathering because of the involvement

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of the biker organisation the Hells Angels,

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which they say is linked to organised crime.

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But it's going ahead and our reporter Nicola Beckford is there.

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All going off peacefully so far, Nicola?

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Yes, the atmosphere is incredibly relaxed, incredibly calm at the

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moment. This is the biggest event in the Hells Angels calendar. They are

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delighted to be here but is everyone else happy to have them?

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It has been a Hells Angels tradition since the late 80s. Now the Bulldog

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Bash is back in Warwickshire after a year. These guys are pleased. Most

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people we spoke to locally seem unconcerned. I hear some excitement

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but also the other side of the story, it is a double noisy and

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there might be some of that side. But it seems like an exciting event.

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They make no trouble as tall as throws the villages concerned. It is

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fine. You will not find a single village he will have an issue with

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it. The council granted the organisers a licence for 10,000

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people but only 5500 people are directed to attend. Warwickshire

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police had hoped to see the back of the bikers. They oppose the event

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and try to get it banned. Our concern is that money for this event

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is going to go to the Hells Angels and go into their criminal

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activities. That is why we do not want them here. The reputation of

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the event was tarnished after the murder of a biker returning from the

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event. Supporters say that it is an opportunity for those who love their

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bikes to get together. Joining me now to discuss what we

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have seen in that piece is Echo, one of the organisers. What have you got

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going on this year? You can probably hear that the music has started in

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the main marquee and that will go on for the next few nights. The bar is

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open and we have a 2000 people come through the gates. The sun is

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shining. We also have the drag strip, the Bulldog Bash is famous

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for that. You can ride your bike against your mates and see how has

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the bragging rights and there are some professional races as well. The

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custom show is a big event as well, and it is a big people for `` it is

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a big event for the entrance. It is safe to say that the police are not

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a fan of this event. They told us that they think that the Hells

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Angels are an organised crime group. They did this for five years ago and

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there licensing committee asked them to prove that which they could not

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do. Since then, we have moved on. We wish that they would move on as

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well. We have always had a good relationship, in terms of working

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with them at a local level. It looks as though they will do, there is not

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a huge present. They explicitly said that funds from the Bulldog Bash go

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into criminal activities for stock that is a harsh allegation, what do

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you say that? We have to treat this with the contempt it deserves. As

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far as we are concerned, this event makes enough money to put the next

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one on. If you talk to any debt charities, they are the ones who

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make money. `` if you talk to any of the charities.

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An MP has criticised a judge for a two`year jail sentence

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he imposed on a violent beggar who blinded a man in one eye.

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Khalid Mahmood, the Labour member for Perry Barr

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in Birmingham, accused the judge of being lenient and "out of touch".

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The incident took place at a restaurant

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Meshach Harrison was captured on CCTV.

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When he was refused a cigarette and money,

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There was disruption to train services at Birmingham New Street

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this morning after two men were found injured on railway tracks

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They were both taken to hospital with serious injuries

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after being found by a bridge which runs over the tracks.

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London Midland, Arriva, Virgin and Cross Country services

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It's a crucial time of year for farmers `

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when they add up just how well their crops have done

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and find out how much animals will make when they reach market.

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Our rural affairs correspondent, David Gregory Kumar,

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has spent the day at an agricultural show in Shropshire.

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There've been some lean times for farmers, David,

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I have to say, not really. Prices have been drifting downwards for a

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good few months. In a moment, we will talk about that with an

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industry expert. But first, today is the day that TNF you says that we

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would run out of food if we just rely on British produce.

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Now it is time for the journey to end. If you don't like the thought

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of where your Sunday roast comes from, you might want to put the

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catalogue! The livestock market on Tuesday. At

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this time of year, the UK is slaughtering 250,000 lambs a week.

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These batches of six are special. They are part of a competition that

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all of these farmers take seriously. There are some superior Landseer.

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They are lambs they can get a good percentage of meat from when they

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cut them up. Some of the best lambs you can find here. Just one duff

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lamb will bring the score down. They look the same to me, what are

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you looking for? For shape, these are perfect. There are some odd

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lambs that are not the they should be. All of these lambs are for

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slaughter but for the competition, one of them will be judged as a

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carcass. A throw of the dice decides which will be judged.

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He wrote all of those lamb number threes, ready for judging. This

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display also shows how much lamb has changed and improve, in part in

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response to the demand for British lamb in Europe. It goes to high end

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places and they get the trade in the market. So farmers are generally

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raising their game to get this extra premium for what they produce. If

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John did not win the competition, there is no doubting the pride he

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and other farmers take in producing the best English lamb.

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With me is a Shropshire farmer of more experience than it is perhaps

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polite to mention. Why is it important to farmers? We produce the

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best in the world. Good security is so important. Much of the world is

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important. Fighting seems to be everywhere and that means, as we

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have seen on camera, some food is not being produced. We have to

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produce all we can in this country, as we did 100 years ago during the

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war. What about your farm? What do you produce and what do you own? We

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are mixed farm, we have a few cows and a few sheep and we have wheat.

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We have all of the commodities that are down in price since the start of

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the show. I have not known a time when every commodity were down.

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Potatoes are terribly cheap at the moment it has been a good season but

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we need prices to rise slightly. What has the mood been? It has been

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good. We need to go home now and get this year's harvest in. It is not in

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yet and until we have got the grain in the bin, we have not done the

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harvest. The elements are so important. Thank you for talking to

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us. So from us, it is back to the studio.

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Nine charged by police after a rooftop anti`war protest

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Rebecca's on standby with the latest

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on the machinations of Hurricane Bertha.

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Lessons learned at St Andrews ` why Birmingham City are confident

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they can avoid that last day fright of three months ago.

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And putting a smile on your face down by the riverside `

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how just a little kindness can go a very long way.

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This week we've seen commemorations of the start of World War One

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But 100 years ago the war didn't just affect those

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Many Germans had made the Midlands their home.

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Bob Hockenhull's been looking at what life was like

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for those who suddenly found themselves living in a country

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Birmingham just before the Great War. A city of 800,000 people, where

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hundreds of German immigrants lived, taking advantage of its

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economic prosperity. But by 1914, German born citizens were no longer

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mingling on the streets of Birmingham. Instead, they found

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themselves locked up in the cells at the city was macro main police

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station. Frankly, anyone who had a German sounding name starts to look

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vulnerable and they begin to target them. They had already been

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anti`German protests and riots in other cities. The Chief Constable

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feared it could spread to Birmingham. In June 1915, around 60

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detained Germans were marched to new Street and put on a train to the

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north of England. Newspapers described them as enemy aliens.

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They were taken to Handforth Internment Camp in Cheshire, one of

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scores of such camps where ordinary citizens were held alongside

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prisoners of war. Some had married Brummie girls who would suffer

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terribly because of the fate of their husbands. The wives were very

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destitute, usually the breadwinner of the family was interned for three

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or four years. Some of these wives were also repatriated, so this could

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happen where they were repatriated to Germany, sent back to Germany,

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where they did not know anyone and they came into a country at war, so

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it was not a happy time for these wives. And it was not just Germans

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subject to scrutiny. Any foreigner visiting Birmingham signed the

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register of aliens, including world`renowned Sarah Bernhardt

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Thomas who was in the city for two days for a play.

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Not all Germans living in Birmingham ended up being rejected from the

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city. This is adding to the Abbey... An order of Benedictine

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monks had been living here after evading prosecution in `` after

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evading persecution in Prussia. They had to stay and they had to

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adjust to sit it out. They were caught up in a conflict that really

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was not anything to do with them. Disillusioned, the monks left

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Birmingham when the war ended. But, despite their experiences, some of

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the Germans interned in the camps did return to the city. No longer

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enemy aliens and allowed to resume the lies that had been so

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dramatically interrupted. `` resume the lives.

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Something you never really think about.

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In cricket, we may be in the middle of a Test match

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but the new football season starts on Saturday.

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that's not something for fans to get excited about.

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Well, Dan Pallett's here with the latest on three of our clubs

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Hereford United, Coventry City and Birmingham City.

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Three clubs where the fans' patience has been running thin.

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Well, Coventry's troubles have seen them spend last season

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Today, the Football League has been meeting

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And the Sky Blues still owe the Ricoh Arena ?590,000 in unpaid rent.

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It's sure to be hotly debated at a live fans' forum hosted by

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BBC Coventry and Warwickshire at 7pm this evening.

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That's where we spoke to Moz Baker from the fans' campaign group,

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People are fed up, angry, dissolution. The same feelings they

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had 12 months ago. We don't seem to have progressed very much further.

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What we would like to see happen is for a negotiation settlement to be

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found that makes Coventry City returned to Coventry.

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since relegation from the Premier League in 2011.

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And today it was confirmed that midfielder Tom Adeyemi

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has gone to Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.

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But, after escaping relegation from the Championship

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the club says lessons have been learned

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Big smiles at the Blues ` it's the annual team photo.

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and club captain Paul Robinson, now 35,

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has been doing this since he turned professional at 17.

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Robbo's got ten new team`mates this season

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and some faces are more familiar than others.

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How we do? Nice to see you. Long time no see. Looking forward to the

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new season? Everyone has the dream that you are only one good season

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away from getting to what is considered one of the biggest and

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best leagues in the world. We all start with that optimism.

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Of course, it might have been a very different story.

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But three months ago, the lucky Blues mascots

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worked overtime at Bolton to keep the club in the Championship

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I was watching as the game was on the television at the time. It is

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peculiar to think I have ended up here. We were staring down the

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barrel. Who knows what would've happened? I was a complete neutral

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at the time. When I signed, I thought back and was amazed at how

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things worked out. A highly`rated striker from Celtic,

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and still only 19. We want to get the bad run off our

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backs. It is not a nice feeling, not a nice feeling to have. We want to

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go into the first home game of the season against Brighton and go and

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get the three points, that is the most important thing.

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First, they're away to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

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And, although the club is still up for sale, in true Blue fashion

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the fans will Keep Right On, knowing that, whatever happens this season,

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it'll never match the drama of that unbelievable day in May.

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Well, this afternoon, Hereford United were finally

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granted a safety certificate for their Edgar Street Ground.

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It means they will be allowed to have fans inside the ground

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for their first game in the Southern league on Saturday.

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But it will be interesting to see how many fans attend the game

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and how many will be outside the ground,

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protesting against the current owners.

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Finally when the Premier League starts a week late,

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referees will have something new to get used to.

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At St George's Park near Burton on Trent today

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Premier League Referee's were getting their hands

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on the vanishing spray we saw at the World Cup.

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at the Community Shield on Sunday

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and then throughout the Premier League season.

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for all the problems in Midlands football.

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If you live in the riverside town of Bewdley in Worcestershire

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or you're planning to visit over the next couple of days,

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prepare yourself for something a little magical.

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Complete strangers may approach you with one thing in mind `

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Our reporter, Sarah Falkland, has been finding what it's all about.

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He was hoping for a fish, but this unsuspecting angler

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is about to go home with something far more uplifting `

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Would you like some free chocolate? Here you go, it is part of love

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Bewdley. for four days, a small army from

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Riverside Elim Church in Bewdley are giving away everything

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from bouquets of flowers They've even been cleaning

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people's cars ` all for free. The church says that these random

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Acts of kindness are not about converting people to the Pentecostal

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faith, they are about making the people of Bewdley happy. It brings

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thoughts and feelings that you might not have in a normal day. I just had

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my shopping is paid for by the church. I am stunned.

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Some people couldn't help but be a little suspicious, though.

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Why are they doing it? What is in it for them? I looked in the back and

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saw it was real, I thought it would pop up at me. We wanted to create a

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great feeling around the town and just show the town that the churches

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here and we do love our community. but those giving

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got a lot out of it. There was a lady this morning who

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approach me and said she had received a boat Quay of flowers and

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she said was the nicest thing that had ever happened to her. How does

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that make you feel? Uplifted, happy. And in a joy that we are

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blessing the community with these acts of kindness.

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While the gifts will run out on Saturday,

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it's hoped the spirit of giving will last a little longer.

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Another warm day today but I think we may be in for a rough ride

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over the next few days ` here's Rebecca.

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Today has effectively been the calm between two storms. It all starts

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tomorrow. We have a yellow warning in place for heavy rain. There are

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some substantial lively thunderstorms coming in tomorrow,

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which could give some localised flooding and then on Sunday, with

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hurricane Bertha waiting the wings, we have another warning for rain and

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strong winds. It is a calm day today with some clear sky is overnight.

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Temperatures dropped away to around 11 Celsius. But that means tomorrow

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starts OK but we are sandwiched between two areas of low pressure.

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This one to the East will cause problems tomorrow. The air is

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unstable, so we start to see the show was working up from the south

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through the day. Even though it is an OK start, it will not last was

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not those storms will be lively, with hail, torrential downpours and

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some localised flooding. Temperatures not struggling too much

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although where there is cloud and rain for much of the day, it will

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feel cooler. It is then that we start the show was die away

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overnight. Into Saturday, it is a calm night again with clear spells

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developing. Saturday itself does not start to `` does not start to

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Attlee. It is not too bad a day. Then on Sunday, ex`hurricane Bertha

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arrives. This is how it is going to look. A deep area of low pressure

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rings with it heavy rain and strong winds, which will be affecting us.

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This is all subject to change. So do stay tuned to the forecast.

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Thank you. Police say four men arrested in

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connection with the murders of two British medical students in Borneo

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have confessed to killing them. Intensive care ` a Spanish

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missionary priest infected with Ebola in Liberia, as the country

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declares a state of emergency. after the end of a rooftop

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anti`war protest in Staffordshire. I'll be back

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at 10pm with your latest update.

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