18/08/2014 Midlands Today


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Duped out of thousands of pounds, how elderly people are being

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I was asked to draw out ?68,000 of money from our account.

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The mother of a seven`year`old treated

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for cancer facing prosecution, for not sending her daughter to school.

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Aston Villa get off to a perfect start, with victory

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over West Midlands rivals Stoke in the first game of the season.

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And it may be mid August but it feels like mid September.

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So, is it getting worse or is it getting better?

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Three teenagers have been arrested by police investigating a scam

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which has cost some victims tens of thousands of pounds.

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Detectives say hundreds of people have been targeted.

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One bank customer from Worcestershire became

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suspicious when the fraudsters tried to convince her that staff she knew

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personally in her local branch were trying to steal her money.

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Early this morning, the police carried out numerous raids in

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London, arresting three teenagers in what they are calling operations

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effort. The aim is to smash a criminal gang which has targeted

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around 300 victims across the seven Midlands. One man has lost over

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?40,000. They were calling up, pretending to be a police officer or

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bank official, telling people there was a problem with their account and

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asking them to transfer money, so they receive it. 78`year`old Jeff

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and Iris nearly became victims when they were cold called numerous

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times. In this particular case, the scammers tried to persuade them that

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staff at the HSP staff in Bewdley were about to siphon money from

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their account but as they knew the staff and trusted them, they became

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suspicious and reported the matter to the police. He rang us about five

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or six times on the Friday. He rang twice on the Sunday. He said he was

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going to ring us again on Wednesday. He was very persistent. He wanted

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?68,000 and he gave us a sort code for a different bank, that we then

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had to place it into. We had to go to Kidderminster and place it in

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that bag. They also trick some elderly people into giving over

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their PIN numbers, then send careers to collect their cards so they can

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enter their accounts. The police and banks will never ask you for your

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PIN number on the phone. They will not ask you to transfer money into a

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different account on the phone. They will never send around a career to

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collect money from you. If any of those things happen, call the police

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and we can then deal with it. The police believe there could be many

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more victims who are simply too more victims who are simply too

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embarrassed to come forward. But they are now urging them to do so.

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the Birmingham doctor whose campaign has disrupted executions

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The mother of a seven`year`old who battled

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cancer is facing prosecution, for not sending her to school.

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Their legal team claim Birmingham City Council is being

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Although the cancer hasn't returned, Libby Bennett still needs regular

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Our Special correspondent, Peter Wilson has this exclusive report.

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A playground game but seven`year`old Libby Bennett despite being

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a picture of health has been a very sick girl, operated on because

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of a tumour on her kidney's but now her Mum Kerry Capper is in trouble.

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For keeping her daughter off school during seven days

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She woke up with a sore stomach and I get scared and I have kept it off

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school. And they have sent beta called because of it.

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Libby Bennett from Erdington was diagnosed with cancer five years ago

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she's still under the care of the Children's Hospital.

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Her mother admits not always phoning the school when her daughter is

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off claiming that her mobile phone doesn't always have credit.

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They should give some consideration to what I went to as a mother. When

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she does say she is ill, she gets really scared because we did nearly

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lose Libby. Birmingham City Council say they

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take a robust stance on No reason was given

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for the absences. The school again contacted

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the parent inviting her to a meeting to talk through any issues

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and concerns. When there was still no response

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a penalty notice was issued and when this was not paid

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the matter was sent to magistrates. So what are the penalties for not

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sending your child to school? Parents face a fine

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of ?60 per child, rising to ?120 If it comes to court magistrates can

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fine you up to ?2,500 and in extreme cases send you to prison

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for three months. Across the country in the last

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year 64,000 people were fined. A 70% increase mostly

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for taking their children away Next month Kerry Capper will have

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at attend the magistrates court. Her daughter won't have to be at

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court but she defends her mother. She doesn't let me have days off

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when I'm not ill. When I am ill, she gets worried.

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The council say they never fine people

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This young mum says it's never easy getting doctor's notes.

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England's women rugby players have returned home triumphant,

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after winning the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.

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They were reliant on a strong backbone of Midlands

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talent, with four players from Worcester and four from Lichfield.

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Ian Winter is at Lichfield rugby club now.

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Ian, they must be absolutely incredibly proud of their women.

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Absolutely. It is all quiet tonight. Monday is the one night of the week

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they don't have training but last night, the bar was full with

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everyone watching it on TV. Litchfield rugby club is rightly

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proud of its four players in the England rugby team. Quite rightly

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too. Let's look at one of the stars, Emily. Nobody scored more

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points in the final than her. This try sealed victory over Canada.

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Earlier, she had kicked three penalties. She finished up with 16

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points in an England victory. Fantastic scenes in Paris. 24

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England caps. What an achievement. It's absolutely terrific. It's a

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four`year long wait since the last final. The girls have done

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fantastically well to keep form and peaking at the end. Let's look at

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some of the celebrations, as the trophy was presented. There is also

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Sarah Hunter, Natasha Hunt and Vicky Fleetwood, plus another four players

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from Worcester. That states how healthy women's rugby is in the

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Midlands. Participation is up and the performance is up as well.

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Better coaches are coming in all the time and better players are coming

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through the ranks. It's fantastic for local rugby. You would have been

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there in Paris, except for one small thing. You had a baby. Six months

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ago, I had my little girl, so that mocked selection on the head and

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made my decision to stay at home. A good choice because I still get to

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watch the girls being incredibly successful. There are 50 senior

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women players at the club and the legacy of a victory like this could

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be great. Precisely. There is a strong junior setup in the club so

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it would be wonderful to have those players, the boys and girls, all

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seeing successful players coming out of Litchfield rugby club. Across

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Staffordshire and Worcestershire, we are rightly proud of our World Cup

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rugby winners. A man's appeared in court

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after a pro`Palestine demonstration Several protesters went

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into the supermarket at Hodge Hill, 35`year`old Naveed Zafar, from

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Alum Rock, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning,

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charged with assaulting a police More than 500 volunteers have been

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helping to clear up, following the The Weston Park site played host

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to nearly 100,000 The festival generates ?6 million

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for the local economy. The thousands of discarded

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tents are sent to humanitarian A Birmingham hospital doctor says he

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has no regrets about a campaign halting the sale of a drug used

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in America, to kill death`row There've been claims that

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substitutes Dr David Nicholl persuaded

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the Danish manufacturers to withhold supplies of the drug,

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after he launched a petition In Ohio, it took 25 minutes for this

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man to die. In Oklahoma, it took 40 minutes for this man to die. Last

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month, this man took two hours to die in Arizona.

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Dr David Nicholl is a specialist who has dedicated his life to

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helping patients like Thelma Lord who suffered a brain haemorrhage.

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The doctor and human rights campaigner loathes

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the death penalty and hates medicine being seen as a humane way to kill.

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I get really upset when I see injustice. It's like a stone in my

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shoe which upsets me. The death penalty is a prime example of that.

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These stressed emails from the CEO of Danish Company Lundbeck shows

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the effect the petition of doctors, David Nicholl sent to the Lancet

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had in getting the company to stop supplying

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I had an e`mail asking for help. What do we do to get out of this

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situation? In Ohio it took twenty five minutes

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for Dennis Mcguire to die He is addressing legitimate concern

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about this misuse of medicine, which is the opposite of its intended use.

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Some of these prisoners have suffered quite significantly. Do you

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feel responsible? I absolutely refute that allegation. The people

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responsible are the people who order those drugs, that supply those drugs

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and inject those drugs. The brain specialist is just getting

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on with the job, knowing some simple actions have given the US

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authorities a real headache. Duped out of thousands of pounds,

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how elderly people are being Shefali will have the weather

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forecast for the Midlands shortly. West Bromwich Albion start

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their season conceding a late goal, They may not be popular with

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everyone, but our struggling School children have travelled to

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the World War One battlefields in France and Belgium, to uncover

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the story of a former pupil. Francis Waldron, from Birmingham,

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was part of the first squadron to fly

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from England into France in 1914. Ben Sidwell has more

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on the links between the present day It was the first war where aircraft

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played a significant part. The Royal flying Corps have lead Britain to

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victory but little is known of Major Francis Holdren, the man who became

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a very first pilot to take off from England to the war fields of France

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in 1914. Isn't it amazing that 100 years ago, a man from Ladywood ended

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from that historic flight, a group from that historic flight, a group

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of pupils who went to the same school as him have followed in his

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footsteps. After doing the research, it gave a good picture in

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my mind of what it was like. At the oratory Church it was this memorial

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plaque that started the youngsters journey. As the 12 and 13`year`olds

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were challenged to find out more about the man behind the name. Most

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people don't notice. They are not interested in it. I think we get to

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do it and make videos on it. It will carry on his memory. On the day he

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was killed, he flew over this village in this direction. As he

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flew over, his plane crash landed in the fields over there. For five days

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last week, the youngsters travelled across France and Belgium in search

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of the final resting place of Major Waldron. So many people walk past

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the pack and don't realise it is there. Then about it. Once you

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realise its significance, you think, this is someone that has actually

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done something. This is something that should be remembered. I hope a

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lot of people see this because it is important. People should be more

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interested in World War I. I can't believe how many people died

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in World War I, to protect this country. Amazing news story.

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Aston Villa were widely tipped as one of the favourites for relegation

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They call him the rock and Aston Villa are hoping Carlos Sanchez will

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strengthen their midfield for a season which saw many fearing for

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the club's survival. But the World Cup player joined... Stoke City had

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been tipped to be the surprise package this season but they were

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undone at the Britannia Stadium. This second`half goal was enough to

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risk the six points `3 points down the M6. To do it in the way we have

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done it, I thought was excellent. The back four were outstanding. They

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worked really hard. Tactically, I thought we were excellent. West

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Bromwich Albion were also marked down for a relegation struggle.

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Birmingham city went 18 games without a home league win last

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season. They are celebrating three points at St Andrews for the first

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time since the beginning of October. Perhaps the biggest drama of the day

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came in League 2. Shrewsbury town were losing at their home game with

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Tranmere tipped into stoppage time. Astonishingly, they not only

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equalised but then their fans saw the winner in the 94th minute. A

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barnstorming ending but no way did we not deserve to come away without

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a victory. I don't think anybody could say we didn't deserve that

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victory. What about this for a parting gift? Burton Albion were

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also losing with two minutes to go at home on Saturday when this

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footballer scored twice. Today, he moved up a division to join

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Scunthorpe. Hereford have failed to reach

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agreement with creditors. The club say they are confident about the

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future and will put season tickets on sale.

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Midlands athletes have been celebrating their part in the UK's

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best European Championship medal haul. Last night, these runners

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helped Team GB win gold in the four x 400 metres relay, breaking the

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three minute barrier. Stoke`on`Trent sprinter Ashlee Nelson won her

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second medal of the championship. She took gold in the four x 100

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metres relay, setting a British record in the process. It has been

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amazing. We've worked well as a team. We have two say a big thank

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you to individual coaches, the relay coaches and a big thank you to my

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family and friends, especially my mum.

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Britain's bat population may be recovering after years of decline.

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Of our 18 species of bat, five have increasing populations.

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Amongst them, our most common bat, the dainty pipistrelle

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which would you believe, weighs less than a ?1 coin.

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But although all bats and their roosts are protected

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by law, sometimes they need just a little more help.

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Our reporter Kathryn Stanczyszyn is in Walsall tonight.

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Kathryn, what's happening there to help bats?

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The idea here is to provide a safe haven for bats in need. It was

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exactly a year ago that we were here at the opening of this very flight

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cage. It is run by the group, Brum bats. They keep the location secret

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so they are understood. There are 16 residents in the box behind me. Five

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different species here. What they've all got in common is that they all

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need a bit of human help. This is Vladimir. He was attacked by a cat

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and is now building up his strength. It... It has been a big

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success since it was built a year ago, with more than 100 bats being

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looked after here in that time. Someone will find a bad hand they

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will Google what to do with a bat. They end up calling the conservation

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trust and they will give them a number. Then we go out to collect

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them. Most of these bats are from across Birmingham and the Black

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Country but this place... Although bats might not be everyone's's cup

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of tea, the small team of volunteers here are dedicated to them. A lot of

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people seem to have bad ideas about bats, that they are not nice, they

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will bite you and full of the disease. They not bad creatures and

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we should be looking out for them. They are our friends. That

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populations across the UK, previously in decline, are now

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stabilising. Experts say that is partly down to the work of places

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like this. I am holding a bat detector. You

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might be about to hear it. It's crucial to bats, and they use it to

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hand. They learned this instinctively but do have help from

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their mothers in the wild. If they don't get that, they are left

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vulnerable. That is what places like this are all about. You provide food

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and nurture but also a safe environment for them to training.

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That's right. They are flying around, getting good at hunting

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insects give us an idea of your day`to`day routine. We do a lot of

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cleaning out of droppings and things like that, feeling from and

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providing water. We them every day to make sure they don't get too

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skinny. You have 15 babies. Yeah, they are doing wonderfully. We have

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16 bats in total but 15 of them will be soft released. It is not just

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about day`to`day physical needs, it is about PR. They've not always have

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the best reputation. That's true. A lot of the bats we haven't cared to

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come out on visits for... People get to meet bats up close and see that

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they are cute and fluffy. Gloucester docks were converted into

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a Disney film set today. It's one of the locations for the sequel to

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Alice in Wonderland. There is something in the air. The

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hint of a voyage... Maybe a journey of discovery. Into a world of

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curious imaginings that were all dreamt up a very long time ago. Yes,

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this is Gloucester docks, but Reid dressed, recast to reflect the world

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of Tim Burton's take on Lewis Carroll. Of course, it is all just

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smoke and mirrors but fascinating post up even the set draws something

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of a crowd. It seems everybody here has got a camera and if you listen

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carefully, you can hear people whispering the name Johnny Depp.

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Whispering maybe, but I'm not sure that anyone has actually seen him

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yet. How many stars have you seen? None! We've seen a few extras. Lots

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of pirates. Actually, it doesn't matter whether he is here or not.

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Disney, and their big production, is. And that is good business for a

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city which is promoting itself and its locations. It has some amazing

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historical properties. The Cathedral is one. There is the history of

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Harry Potter filming there. Also, around the docks, there is an

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unspoiled... It helps them to reduce the costs of filming. If you go to

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an area where there are no television aerials, none of the

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modern accoutrements which means production is harder, it makes it

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easier and cheaper for them. The better the bottom line, the more the

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movie makers will want to sprinkle just a little bit of stardust

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around. We didn't even get the chance to say

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goodbye. It has changed suddenly and we are turning a corner this week.

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Things are turning distinctly autumnal as the temperatures tumble

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away. We will see some showers and sunshine as well. It will be breezy

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at times and then there will be a slight improvement over the weekend,

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when temperatures will pick up slightly. I think the best way to

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describe the temperature drops by using the air mass drop. This cooler

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north, spilling southwards through north, spilling southwards through

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the week. As far as the showers go, we have got low pressure dominating

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to the north`east. We've got quite a lot of traffic as far as the fronts

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are concerned. For this evening and overnight, we have still got a few

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showers across the North than half of the region in particular. They

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could stick around for much of the night. Elsewhere, it is looking

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drier and we are looking at dry weather across central and southern

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counties, along with cloud as well. It is not too cold to start the day

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tomorrow and it should be drive for a short time before we see more

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showers started to toppling from the north`west. They are following the

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line of the breeze which is coming in from that direction as well. Some

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of these could be on the vicious side. They are heavy at times but

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there will be some sunshine in between. That will only take

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temperatures to 15, 16 or 17 Celsius. The winds are light to

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moderate but if you are caught in the showers, you will know about it

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and the winds will pick up slightly. There is a pattern

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developing through the night. Tomorrow night, we've got much

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clearer skies said temperatures, for the first time in quite awhile, will

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drop down single figures. Another cold night on Wednesday night.

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Wednesday itself will be dry with plenty of sunshine.

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Shot six times, twice in the head, a postmortem on the black American

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teenager whose death has sparked violent protests.

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Duped out of thousands of pounds, how elderly people are being

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scammed into handing over cash, police make three arrests.

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And the mother of a seven year old treated

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for cancer facing prosecution, for not sending her daughter to school.

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