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Back in the classroom. The headteacher who claimed she was

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forced out because parents and governors were imposing an Islamic

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agenda. It mustn't be allowed to happen ever again. Unions are

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looking at 28 cases where teachers looking at 28 cases where teachers

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have left their positions. A coach carrying children on a day

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trip to the sea size crashes on the motorway. Six are taken to hospital

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started to shake and everyone started to shake and everyone

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started screaming. The Herefordshire man who's

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swallowed live fish as part of a drinking game.

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Give us our Hepworth back. Campaigners in Wolverhampton demand

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to know where this sculpture has gone and whether it will ever

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return. And the way things are looking, the

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weekend is our only hope of an improvement. Sunshine and showers

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until then, and a cooler fealty 's things, not just in the day but in

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the night. A head teacher who claimed she was

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forced out because parents and governors were imposing an Islamic

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agenda, has been reinstated. Bhupinder Kondal,

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Principal at Oldknow Academy, says the pressures outlined in the Trojan

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Horse letter are very real and The teacher's union, the NAHT is

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looking at 28 cases where teachers have left their positions, to see

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if any of them were due to pressure from hardline Muslims to impose

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their views on schools Birmingham. Bhupinder Kondal at Oldknow Academy

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today. She resigned

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in January claiming she'd been undermined by hard line Islamists

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on the school's governing body. But they themselves had to

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resign when the government Now with a new board of trustees,

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Kondal is happy to be back. I am happy to be able to focus on

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the children and work with the new governors to welcome everyone for

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the new term and put all of this behind us.

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The so called Trojan Horse plot alleged hard line Islamic plans to

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A government investigation found no evidence of such a plot,

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but did find there were govenors who espoused extremist views.

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Bhupinder Kondal said urinals had been removed

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I felt I was drowning. It was only bad for me. I don't feel those

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things now. So while Bhupinder Kondal may feel

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satisfied today, some parents feel she abandoned a school which went

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from outstanding to being in special She could have done a public meeting

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with the children and parents, and said I've taken the decision to

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resign. We wouldn't have felt deserted. For six months, we had

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meetings at the school. We had to our...

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There's a lot of work still to do both form Bhupinder Kondal

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and the new Chairman of the Oldnow trustees Dr Barry Henry.

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He was happy to pose for photographers today,

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but didn't want to be interviewed saying it was time for the school to

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Children return from their summer break in two weeks time. Ofsted will

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be back in October. It is only then that we will know if the new

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trustees and the returning principle have been able to turn this school

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around. Rob Kelsall is from the teachers

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Union the NAHT, and joins us now. How unusual was this case

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involving Bhupinder Kondal? It's extremely unusual over the

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years. Obviously, when we come to the allegations around the so`called

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Trojan horse case, we found it was quite similar to other cases which

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are being brought to our attention. You are reviewing 20 other cases?

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Yes, 28 cases in all which we are reviewing. They are 28 cases which

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have been concluded the last five years. That review is currently

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believe are directly related? We believe are directly related? We

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take a careful look at three of those cases. We think three cases

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related. We have identified them early on. The teacher said this must

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We are confident that with the report to the commission in the

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autumn term, this affair can be put behind us.

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You're watching Midlands Today, good to have you with us.

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It is bringing jobs and It is bringing jobs

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opportunities but also some challenges.

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One child and five adults were taken to hospital following a coach crash

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The youngsters from Dudley were on an outing to Weston`super`Mare

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organised by the charity Action for Children.

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The coach they were travelling in left the carriageway near

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It should have been a happy day trip to Weston`super`Mare for more than

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50 children and adults from the Black Country. Instead, the genie

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ended with the bus going into a ditch. One child and five adults

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were injured, none seriously. Police were injured, none seriously. Police

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said seat belts helped avert what could have been a tragedy.

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Stupid, irresponsible and ashamed, the words used to describe

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a 33`year`old man from Herefordshire, who filmed him

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self drinking a home made cocktail which included four live fish.

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Paul Wooding from Ross on Wye was taken to court by the animal charity

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the RSPCA, for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal as well

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Two men from Wiltshire have been banned

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from keeping goldfish after drinking them as part of a neck nomination.

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29`year`old Terry Gallop from Dilton Marsh was filmed by

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a friend drinking a pint containing larger, tomato ketchup, vinegar,

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a range of sauces, Jack Daniels, Coke and two guppy type gold fish.

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The video was recorded in february by 28 year old Jason Williams

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Westbury for Gallop's birthday, then posted online, where someone saw it

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The pair appeared before Salisbury magistrates' court, where Gallop

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admitted not meeting the welfare needs of two guppy type fish.

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While Williams admitted aiding and abetting Gallop,

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He's about to do what's called a neknominate.

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In the film posted on Facebook he adds what he calls his special

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Then the 33`year`old binman from Ross on Wye in Herefordshire

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A more sober looking Wooding arrived at Hereford Magistrates court having

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already admitted two charges of animal cruelty.

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He told RSPCA investigators he'd been nominated to drink by friends,

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adding the fish to make it different.

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Magistrates were shown the film of Wooding's neck nomination and

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were told that prior to that he'd prior to that he'd already drunk

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The fish had come from a friend's fish tank.

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A subsequent vet's report said the fish had been caused pain.

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Wooding's defence said his client was stupid, irresponsible

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and ashamed but asked why he'd been prosecuted when cautions had been

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The neknomate phenomenon is believed to have started

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Two other men appeared in Wiltshire today on similar charges.

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Social media commentators say the craze is fuelled by peer pressure.

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These dares have become more extreme. People have become injured

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and there have been deaths as well. and there have been deaths as well.

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The problem really is that it is fuelled by a large alcohol intake.

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Wooding walked free from court with an 18 month conditional discharge

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He wasn't disqualified from keeping animals

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as magistrates said it was unlikely to happen again, which means he gets

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There's been a boom in planning applications for solar

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Midlands Today has discovered plans for as many as 30 new farms have

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been submitted, with Shropshire a particular hot spot.

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And if they all get the go ahead, they would cover

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an area equivalent to 630 football pitches, generating power

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Well, our Environment Correspondent David Gregory`Kumar joins us now

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from the Midlands' newest solar farm at Willersey near Evesham.

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We have met an entrepreneur who is setting up the first solar panel

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factory in the Midlands. He hopes it will become the biggest in the

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world. This may be a familiar sight in the

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giant factories of China but in the Black Country, the Midlands first

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solar panel plant, from a manufacturing dynasty. My father

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started the business of 45 years ago.

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Sohal was looking to return to Britain and reinvest in

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Black Country manufacturing But one of the biggest problems,

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convincing the banks there's a big opportunity in a solar panel plant.

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It is something that they cannot compare with anything else, so for

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them to loan you money against something they have no experience of

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is very difficult. There is no doubting the demand for the solar

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panels being produced here and there is no doubting the ambition of the

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company as well. Indi wants to beat the Chinese

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and the Germans and Italians. He wants to create the biggest

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solar panel plant in the world. And he argues there's plenty

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of demand. Our annual production at this moment

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in time is not enough for one week's worth of supply and

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installation for residential in Great Britain. At present, we got

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approximately 25 people. We are looking, going forward, to increase

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that to three per day, seven days a week. That will hopefully happen

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within the next two to three months. In five years' the aim is

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a new factory. opposition in some areas. For

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example, this is the campaign in Warwickshire. Campaigners have

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stopped a local farm, although the company is appealing against that

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decision. You've also been getting in touch. Richard e`mailed us to say

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he supports solar panels over wind turbines but they shouldn't be used

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on farmland. There's talk of a man from a company that constructed this

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new solar farm. Todd, that is something people say a lot, why not

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build on Brownfield sites? It is important to focus the mind. We have

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a really big challenge. Of course we would like to build on Brownfield

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sites. Unfortunately, they are few and far between. The other problem

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we have with Brownfield sites is because it is easier to get planning

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permission for buildings and other planned on Brownfield sites, it

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makes the rents for such sites is expensive. What about this site? You

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take on farmland out of production. take on farmland out of production.

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What we have actually done is we have focused on the lowest possible

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grade agricultural soil. That is one of the key criteria. The farmer had

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tried unsuccessfully for several years to make a living out of this

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crop. We picked up a field which was not being farmed. We spent a great

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deal of time and attention pulling out lots of plastic from the field.

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We now have a site which produces enough energy for over 1100 houses

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over the course of the year for the next 25 years. Also, this company is

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also creating a bond to drive to get local people to invest in this plant

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and supported in its running. Reinstated, the head teacher who

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claimed she was forced out because parents and governors were

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enforcing an Islamic agenda. Shefali will be along shortly with

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the weather forecast, also in tonight's programme: tunnel

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vision, we go into the city centre underpasses to see how the

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refurbishment work is progressing. And over 300 years of history comes

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to an end at Warwick Race course, as Campaigners

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in Wolverhampton are calling for a valuable piece of public art

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to be returned to the shopping The Barbara Hepworth sculpture was

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given to The Royal Bank of Scotland,

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which now owns the centre, says it's to allow refurbishment

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work to take place, but some local one of the few women ever to achieve

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worldwide fame through art. She was one of the St Ives set

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during World War II and it was this Cornish cove, Porthcurno,

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that inspired her to create this. Rock Form was a still point

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amid a tide of Wolverhampton So has anyone noticed

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it's been missing since May? Have you noticed anything missing

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recently? Half the shops. I've not noticed, sorry. Do you remember

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that? Yes, it has gone. Not quite what

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the dame would have hoped to hear, especially since she's said to have

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sold it to the architect of Mander So what have the centre owners,

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Royal Bank of Scotland, and a property management firm said

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about its disappearance? They say they have taken it away for

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safekeeping before the redevelopment. The problem is, even

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their architect admits that work will not start for another seven

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months. The centre is now on sale, minus the sculpture, after 50

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years. That is what worries us. And cocnern's been fuelled

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by rock form being apparently airbrushed out of the artists

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impressions of the new look centre. I assumed it was therefore the

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people and for visitors to admire Barbara Hepworth calls Mark work.

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What would you say? Put it back so everybody can enjoy it.

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What is the latest on this campaign? After months of silence, we finally

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had a statement from The Royal Bank of Scotland, albeit a brief one.

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They say they have not decided what to do with the bronze and they were

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exploring other options, where it could be put on display for people

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to enjoy. Are the campaigners reassured? It all sounds quite good

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at first glance that we are not really reassured. We were hoping to

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hear, and faith had plenty of chances to say this, that they're

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not going to sell it, no, they've not got rid of it, it is safe and it

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will be reinstalled. If we had a firm commitments like that, that

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would be the one option that is worth exploring. The City Council

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leader has gone as far as accusing them of assets crippling. He has got

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a point. This is something that has been enjoyed by the people of

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Wolverhampton for 40 years, that was provided expressly for their

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enjoyment. It is the best single piece of artwork in the city. It is

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a piece of quality and now it has gone. The fight goes on. They've

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already got a couple of hundred signatures on a petition. Some of

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the interest is quite thought`provoking. One woman has

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written on their Facebook and said, it's like taking a well loved family

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member away, not telling you where or why they've gone, nor whether you

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can see them again. The A38 tunnels under the centre

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of Birmingham are scheduled to re`open on time

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after a six week summer closure. That was the promise made today by

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contractors who've been carrying out the second phase of refurbishment

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work on the 40`year`old tunnels. Our Transport Correspondent,

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Peter Plisner was given access into the tunnels to see how

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the work's progressing. Almost as busy as the streets

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above the tunnels. This was the scene under Birmingham

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today as work carries on ahead of One of the biggest changes drivers

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will noticed will be the 25 new Jet They'll replacing a 40`year`old

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ventilation system that just Kevan Lamb is the man in charge of

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the tunnels refurbishment this year. The whole system used to push air

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into this tunnel dash into the tunnels. The new ones encourage a

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draft of air. Contractors have also installed these new doors to allow

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escaping case of fire the tunnel and there are 48 new SOS telephones.

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To further improve safety for drivers there'll also be 27

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public address speakers to talk to driver, 21 new CCTV cameras

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and 32 cameras which can detect vehicles that have stopped.

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Above ground increased use of public transport has helped keep

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traffic moving during the closure, but there are concerns

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about traffic levels as people start returning from holidays.

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From the middle of last week, we've seen an increase in the length of

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cues. We are still appealing to people as they return from their

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summer holidays to help us keep Birmingham moving.

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Although the tunnels reopen on 1st September, they'll still be

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a series of overnight closures until the beginning of October.

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Cricket news, and the Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton has announced

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his retirement from the game with immediate effect,

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because of continuing problems with a back injury.

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The 35`year`old led the Bears to the County Championship title

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in 2012, and was also part of the title`winning team in 2004.

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He played six times for England in One`Day games.

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Over 300 years of racing history will come to

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Managers at Warwick have been outlining their plans

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as they prepare to end the tradition of flat`racing and change to jumps.

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The final flat race meeting is due to be held this bank holiday Monday.

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Our sports reporter Ian Winter's been finding out more.

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1707, the birth of racing on the flat at Warwick but the finishing

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post is in sight for the final time. The future lies exclusively in

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National Hunt racing, over hurdles and fences. Will be missed? I think

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they will be. There will be an element that we must. What I would

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lose our history. What is exciting lose our history. What is exciting

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is what is ahead of us. Three months ago, flat racing were suspended at

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Warwick after a horse suffered a fatal injury. The jockeys said they

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had lost confidence in the track. Remedial work was carried out. A

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radical change of direction was already on the cards. And they are

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off for the final time on Monday. 307 years of history comes to an

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end. These stalls will be redundant because from now on, it is jump

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racing only, here at Warwick. Only a handful of punters have complained

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but not Dan Skelton. At his yard, he has 60 horses in training and they

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are all jumpers, so he is delighted at the prospect of having 18

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National Hunt meetings a year almost on his doorstep. Play to your

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strengths. If the flat is not working as well as they had hoped,

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the jumps will. It is a great track therefore jumpers. The five fences

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down the back straight as good as anywhere. The ground well

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maintained. What are the benefits? It means we are using all the ground

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with God for the one code. We can give more fresh ground for the jumps

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season. We can make better use of what we have. So, Monday's meeting

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will mark the end of an era. Farewell, flat racing. It's strictly

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jumpers only from now on. I heard the word frost mentioned

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in a forecast today. It all depends upon where you are.

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If you are in all sports, there could be a trust of ` touch of frost

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tonight. We have clear skies as well. Generally speaking, it is

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going to be cool throughout this week and over the weekend. Dryer on

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Saturday and Sunday and whetted by Monday. It all depends upon an area

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of rain that is coupled with a deep area of low pressure in the north

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Atlantic which will be heading our way slowly. We have a ridge of high

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pressure building which is likely to kill off the showers on Saturday and

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Sunday. This evening and through the night, we've still got a few showers

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across the region but it will dry up quite quickly, fairly soon and after

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that we are looking at largely clear skies which would be the trigger for

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those temperatures to topple. We are looking in rural sports at values

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lower than the towns and cities. The towns and cities are around seven to

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nine Celsius. Towards the end of the night, the crowd will thicken from

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the West and that will bring in a few showers. For tomorrow, which was

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originally going to be a dry day, it looks as though it would become

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wetter. The warning is going to be largely dry with decent spells of

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sunshine. Gradually, we will see the cloud filtering in from the west and

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north`west. That will usher in a few showers. Decent spells of dry

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weather and sunshine in between. Temperatures unfortunately only up

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to 15 Celsius across parts of Staffordshire. The best we can hope

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for is a team the best we can hope for is 18 to 17 Celsius around the

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south`west. The winds will be on the light to moderate side. Again,

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tomorrow night, see those showers starting to Peter Wright again to

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leave us with clear skies. Again, a very cold night in prospect with

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temperatures dropping to a minimum of seven to nine Celsius. For

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Thursday, it looks as though we are looking at more showers, more in the

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way of cloud and heavier spells of rain.

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Rail fares on the rise, most season tickets

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Back in the classroom, the head teacher who claimed she was forced

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out because parents and governors were enforcing an Islamic agenda.

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I'll be back at ten o'clock with your next news,

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