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to be lower than average. Make sure you pack your jumpers if you are

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going away. Nothing

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in there to stimulate anybody. The parents

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of the children are taking legal The innocent`looking plastic

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bracelets containing dangerously high levels

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of cancer`causing chemicals. The phthalate rate was absolutely

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massive and quite alarming, so that is why we wanted to bring it

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to people's attention. It stretches over a thousand acres,

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with 20 miles of fencing and 18,000 toilets `

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welcome to Shropshire's V Festival. All grown`up,

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we catch up with trainee guide dog Zeus ` but his future isn't quite

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what was expected. And August has already been rather

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wet ` but there's a chill in the air too

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next week as arctic air blows in. Good evening,

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the parents of two severely autistic children are taking legal action

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against a Stoke on Trent special school, which they say held them

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for periods of up to two hours in a Joszef Bickerton is said to have

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pulled the handle off the door in an attempt to escape the 'calm

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room' at the Abbey Hill School. The City Council says

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the allegations are exaggerated. Our Health Correspondent Michele

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Paduano has this exclusive report. This video was taken of

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Jozsef Bickerton at Abbey Hill School before

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the trouble started, but as he grew bigger he was harder to handle

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and he was put into a 'calm room?. His mother consented to him

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being placed there, but she had no I wanted to go out other parents who

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may have had this happen. You just trust professionals. And Joseph was

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like that. This is the room where he

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is said to have been held. One one occasion, he charged

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the door, urinating on it and Lawyers fear

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his human rights were breached. Too first to try and get them to

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undertake a full and effective investigation into the use of the

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calm room at the school. and also to seek declaration from the court that

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human rights wrongs have been committed.

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It was a former teacher at the school who told parents what

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She never approved of the calm room and believes she

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suffered detrimental treatment for raising the issue.

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It was only about six feet wide. They could have been used as a store

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room. It was a deprived room. There was nothing in there to stimulant

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anybody. It felt like a cell. Following two investigations,

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the school stopped using the calm Another mother who works for the

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local authority also signed consent forms for the room but claims she

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did not know how one person spent in there. The child was stripped

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seminaked and urinated on one occasion `` on one occasion.

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In a statement, Stoke on Trent council said:

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"We take any child safeguarding allegation extremely seriously,

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particularly those relating to disabled or vulnerable children.

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We investigate concerns straight away along with police

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There was no evidence that the door was held shut for long periods."

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But incident reports obtained by his mother appear to show that he

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was held in the calm room for periods of up to two hours.

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A letter threatening legal action has now been served on the council.

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They are legal, and they can be used. Some of these autistic

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children, particularly when they reach puberty, can be quite

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aggressive. The National Autistic Society says they should not be

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enforced `` that should not be enforced segregation because of

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aggressive children. I spoke to one teacher who works at another

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Establishment and said they have recently introduced a calm room but

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it is a padded room which should only be used for children who are

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actually harming themselves not as a response to their aggression towards

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teachers. Clearly, the Stoke`on`Trent council said this

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should only have been used for a few minutes and not for a long period of

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time. The logs today suggested they were used for longer. I put that to

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them and they said they cannot say any more because of legal reasons

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because they are in this process now.

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Anticipation mounts with the start of the Premier League, we'll look at

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They've taken playgrounds by storm across the country.

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Loom bands are bracelets made from weaving small and brightly

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But Birmingham's Assay Office, which tests all types of jewellery, is

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warning some of the plastic charms you can buy to attach to the bands

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could contain dangerously high levels of cancer`causing chemicals.

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These loom charms are a sample of a batch recently sent in for testing.

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A few weeks ago, they found some charms contained high levels of

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Those charms never reached UK high streets,

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but chemists here are concerned that if a company avoids testing

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I've just bought these for a high street store or do you think? This

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is the type of product we have seen high phthalate in. It conforms with

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European standards and there's a lot of text it which I can't understand

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so it is very difficult to tell. They are doing we could issue is to

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test it. Why can these be potentially hazardous to health? I

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think usually, the issue is that they have high levels of band

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phthalate. They should have less than 1% but somewhat over 50%. The

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phthalate will get into your system through sucking and the charm

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handling of a bracelet is a high risk item. Birmingham Trading

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Standards said it takes the style of children's toys seriously. We do our

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own checks on warehouses that themselves are retail premises. We

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keep on the lookout for products that may be dangerous by checking

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all the legislation is compliance. But do parents check the safety of

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their children's toys? I'm more concerned about food. I just check

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if ? la any bits hanging. She knows better my daughter. Toys do not go

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anywhere near her mouth. Back at the lab, the charms I bought will be

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tested next week because of the unusual packaging.

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An investigation has been launched into an outbreak

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43 cases are being investigated in the West Midlands.

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It's believed 34 of those are linked to an earlier outbreak at

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Three people died in hospital is carrying out a review into the case.

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the deaths were in people who had significantly deteriorated

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conditions. They were elderly. One is being investigated by the coroner

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and the other two, the death certificates were not filled in. It

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was a contributing factor will A petition against the downgrading

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of Services at Sutton Coldfield's Good Hope Hospital has been

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delivered to Downing Street today. Under the proposals all general,

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trauma and orthopaedic surgery Campaigners trying to stop

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the changes are hoping the petition will put pressure

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on the Trust to rethink its plans. Members of the Kurdish community

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from across the Midlands have held a They were protesting over

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the situation in Northern Iraq. They're calling on the

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British Government to provide more support to the Iraqi Kurds

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so that can defend themselves This time next week we should know

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who the new Police and Crime commissioner will be for the

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West Midlands. The election takes

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place next Thursday. The position became vacant following

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the death of Bob Jones in July. Tonight, members of the public will

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get a chance to question the four So Sarah,

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have many people turned up? it is a little disappointing. Only

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about 30 or 40 people. They were hoping for around a hundred. But it

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is the summer and it is a Friday night. You can see the candidates on

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the stage behind me. There are four of them. What is their job really

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about? Hold in the UK's third largest police force to a camel an

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easy job. The new police and crime commission's role is to listen to

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the public and victims of crime and ensure the budget is spent where it

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matters the most. David Jamieson is standing for Labour, a former MP and

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transport minister, his top priority is to recruit more offices. my main

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pledges that we can't see the recruitment of the 450 new officers.

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This is one of the few authorities doing it. I pledge to keep on the

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community policing, Bob is in the local neighbourhood that you can

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actually see. Most of all, I want to make sure that we are listening. Les

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Jones, is standing for the Conservatives. He was to cut red

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tape and her ties the front line. I want to improve the technology. The

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equipment they have on the street is very outmoded, very out of date. If

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we can bring that up to date, examples from other parts of the UK

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should we can increase the amount of officer time on the streets with

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very little investments. Keith Rowe is standing for UKIP. He would aim

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for zero tolerance. I want to be tough on crime, we want more police

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on the beats. We want zero tolerance, we want criminals to be

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locked up and we want closer working relationships with all of the

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communities. And the Liberal Democrat Ayoub Khan, who declined an

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interview, said his main aim was to cut response times and improve crime

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prevention. With me now is Desmond Jaiddoo who organised to my's life

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events. Desmond, what did you think is important about this event? is

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important that the public get engaged with the candidates. They

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are not cardboard cutouts. Accountability starts now, not when

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you are elected into office. People need to make informed decisions

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based on where they are going to put their cross next week. Not long

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until the polling stations open, then. What is your message? They

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should be receiving information through the letterbox is your

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message? They should be receiving information through the letterboxes,

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have a look, make an informed decision on who you will vote for.

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Polling stations are open next week from 7am until 10pm. It is important

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that people engage in the process. Briefly, are you happy with the

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turnout and I? A bit disappointing, but it is better than nobody coming

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at all. We are in for a rowdy debate. Let's hope so. We'll be hit

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with full coverage at 1025. We will knew who the new West Midlands

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Police and crime commission is sometime on Friday, August 22.

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It's the biggest festival in the Midlands and thousands

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of people are already at Weston Park on the Shropshire`Staffordshire

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border for the V Festival, featuring acts including The Killers,

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The site covers 1,000 acres, with nearly 20 miles of fencing and

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But what does it take to put on an event this size?

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It is a mammoth task. V Festival may only be here for one weekend, but

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organising it is a year`long operation. we start planning as soon

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as we finish this year's. We stop running for 2015 straightaway. In

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essence, we bring a small town into this park. And is all the associated

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infrastructure. With up to 90,000 people here each day, the team have

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to bring their own water supply, power, waste disposal, fire station

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and even a field hospital. On the main stage, workers must get

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everything right for this year's headliners, The Killers and Justin

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Timberlake. It is quite militaristic. We stick to the plan,

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everyone knows their role and it is great. The main stage can hold up to

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50 tonnes of weights. This year there 500 lights and effects which

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are run by control channels. Nearly all the bands actually bring their

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own tracker own technical teams to operate the lighting during their

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show. The guys have been showing me. It really isn't that difficult.

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Maybe I could do so myself... Out on a campsite, there are construction

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problems of a different type for the punters. I'll probably leave my tent

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at the end of the festival. I probably work carried out back.

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While most people will enjoy what is on the main stage, one man will

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spend the entire two days deep below the stage. His plays is

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affectionately known as the underworld. This is the man in

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charge of power. I don't see anything done it, nothing at all. I

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can't even hear it. I have my headset on, I'm listening to the

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lighting designer but never trust us. I'm listening for problems. If

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there's a problem, I'm interested. If all of the staff do their job

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correctly, then this festival will go well. They will go home happy

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leaving the workers with a small task of dismantling the entire site

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in ten days. if you're planning to go to the

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V Festival or avoid it, then BBC Radio Shropshire and BBC Radio Stoke

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will have regular traffic updates Locked in a room the size

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of a cupboard, the severely autistic children held for up to two

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hours at a special school Your detailed weather

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forecast to come shortly. Part wrestling, part martial arts,

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part British Bulldog. The World Kabaddi League

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come to Birmingham. The trainee guide dog says goodbye

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to his foster family Markets

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in the West Midlands must re`invent themselves to survive fierce

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competition from supermarkets. That's the warning from the body

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overseeing British markets. Many are being urged to go

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online and use social media In this region,

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the trade can be traced back to the 12th century ` but reports of the

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demise of markets appear premature as traders learn to live alongside

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the modern`day retail experience. We've been hunting for bargains

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for centuries. This is Birmingham,

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through 1920s and ?30s, through wars and rationing, recessions and the

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birth of the high street ` markets This is a copy of the market's

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Charter. This gave legal right to the steward of the late other market

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at his castle in Birmingham on a Thursday. And so the bullring

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markets were born. When the Bullring Shopping Centre

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arrived in the 1960s, people still spent their money

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at the open market next door. Greg Pierce is

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a fifth`generation fishmonger. Next year, in the indoor market,

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his family will mark 175 years we must be doing something right for

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over a years. Is great that people still come to us. They know they can

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get fresh stuff in the mega markets. In the Rag market you can find miles

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of material and a character This is the famous rag market. It is

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picking up. If you years ago, it was going downhill. But it is picking up

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again. It's said around 6 million people

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use these markets every year. You'll always find traders looking

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for reduced rent ` some here told We want zero increase the Shia. We

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work closely with the committee members in all the markets to make

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sure we discuss why, if there is rent increases, those are reinvested

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in the markets. This week, we've seen signs that

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markets in our region are slowly recovering from the recession `

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their punters are coming back, There are still engaging characters

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pitching their wares and many The high street has seen about 300

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retailers disappear. Markets must reinvent themselves. Increasingly,

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the public are looking for experiential times.

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But perhaps the biggest challenge is finding the custodians `

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the traders willing to pitch up to sell for generations to come.

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Speak macro Matthew Hutson Smith has won at the international athletics

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Championships. In the women's 1500 metres, Hannah England from

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Birmingham missed out on a medal, coming home in sixth place.

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So while many will be watching football this weekend,

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It started in India and is now played in 26 different countries.

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And for the first time, the World Kabaddi league is coming

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Nicola Beckford has been finding out more.

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Millions of people are fans of Kabaddi.

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This weekend the World Kabaddi League's top players

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come to Birmingham's LG area as part of their international tour.

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The global audience is what we want to reach out to. This is basically

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what we're trying to achieve this global league by packaging the sport

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for an audience which is not that Rocco has not seen it.

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It's a tough contact sport ` a mixture of rugby and wrestling.

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Spee macro it is not as brutal as it feels. If you're watching from the

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The United Singhs will face the number one team in the league

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Eight international teams will go on tour over the next few months.

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Just over a year ago, we met this little pup.

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Zeus is being trained to become a guide dog and we've followed his

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Today he left his foster family for the last time.

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It's time for the Barrington Earps to say goodbye.

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And he's well aware that a good start would help to erase

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They've brought in eight new players, including

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But they're still one of the bookies favourites for relegation.

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Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Icon control any of that.

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We must make sure that we are as well prepared as we can be for every

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game we play. We have to go into every game and do it right.

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Hopefully, we will get good results.

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And you can keep up to date with the all the match action on your BBC

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After a very mixed week, let's find out how

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I want to draw your attention to some statistics from The Met office.

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We have already reached average rainfall for the month and were only

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halfway through. And is more rent, as we had through the next few days.

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So there is rain this weekend and the winds are strengthening as well.

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But there will be some bright spells, the sun will be out. It will

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be a total wash`out. But, by Sunday, it will feel chillier. Overnight

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tonight, things were only halfway through. And is more rent, as we had

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through the next few days. So there is rain this weekend and the winds

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are strengthening as well. But there will be some bright spells, the sun

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will be out. It will be a total wash`out. But, by Sunday, it will

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feel chillier. Overnight tonight, things will com down. We have had

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some lively showers, and all recently some polls are developing.

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Temperatures will fall away. We are looking at highs in towns and

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cities, but lower in rural spots. It does mean that for people going to V

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Festival it will be a fresh start tomorrow and through the weekend,

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although largely dry, temperatures will fall. So we begin tomorrow with

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clear spells and some, which will make things pleasant through the

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morning. But, it not a cloud over as we had through the afternoon. The

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cloud will make ten badgers struggle a bit, but winds are also

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strengthening and they are coming from a North westerly direction.

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Temperatures up to 20 Celsius. As we had through tomorrow night, things

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start to calm down. We will see clear spells developing, but, then

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we have this weakening weather fronts. It brings with it some rain

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and temperatures are lifted a little by that. As the cold front sinks

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southwards, we will see things getting a little wetter. Sunday, not

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quite as good as we were expecting, but it will improve a little bit

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behind on that. Molson shines come through the day and temperatures at

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around 19 Celsius. Temperatures at around 19 Celsius.

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Pushing back the fighters of Islamic State.

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Britain agrees to send weapons to the Kurds.

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And locked in a room the size of a cupboard, the severely

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autistic children held for up to two hours at a special school.

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Just before we go, the result of a poll to see if people love or loathe

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the city's infamous ring`road. To mark the 40th anniversary of the

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road being built, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire have been running a

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vote. 78% of people say they love the road. And a song is being

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recorded next month to mark the anniversary. Quite extraordinary.

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the good, the bad and the soggy-bottomed.

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I'm Jo Brand and I'm serving up an Extra Slice of Bake Off action

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I'll shine a spotlight on all the goings-on in the tent -

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the good, the bad and the soggy-bottomed.

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And every week, I'll be joined by the latest baker to leave the tent.

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