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in the Cotswolds with one of our various means that it is?

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This is a void of these stop a car travelling in the wrong dirdction.

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Special technical and 200 ydars old. This is what but are we going to get

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it? A cold night in store. Find out more in the weather forecast later.

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Then the neglect of five chhldren from the same family in

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Gloucestershire. Their parents were jailed in June for failing to look

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after them properly. This l`test report has found all the agdncies

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who had contact with them got things wrong. This led to what has been

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described as the unacceptable suffering of the children.

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Unimaginable squalor. The children were forced to live in room is

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littered with rubbish, filthy carpets and soiled mattressds. They

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were rooms that were stagnating in you're in and animal faeces. And yet

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no one has been disciplined or sacked for failing to safegtard

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them. Then neglect only stopped when one of the children was takdn to

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hospital, severely malnourished suffering from nappy rash and head

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lice, which the mother had tried treating with mayonnaise. Ddspite

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years of visits by health professionals and sometimes the

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police, social workers conthnued to overlook the critical circulstances

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the children were in. There were a number of reports made by pdople

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like health professionals, teachers, the seriousness of what thex were

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saying was not correctly interpreted by social care, who continudd

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sometimes to treat what those reports were as a matter of child

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support and welfare, rather than child protection. The familx had

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been known to the authoritids for 16 years. The parents, who cannot be

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named for legal reasons, were jailed at Gloucester Crown Court in June,

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after admitting five counts of neglect for five of their children

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between 2007 and 2012. The serious case review found the mother was

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skilled at avoiding doctors appointments and manipulated the

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very agencies that were tryhng to help their children. Despitd this,

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their father, who spoke to the BBC at an earlier hearing, said they

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still love them. We did let our children down. We never stopped

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loving them. We did let thel down. Not in a neglectful way but in a way

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of development and growing tp. Both parents had physical and mental

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health issues, requiring regular checkups. The review noted that in a

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27 month period, there were 127 recorded contacts with GPs `nd

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health visitors but the children suffering continued to go unnoticed.

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There was nothing that I have seen which shows that any partictlar

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individuals behaved so abomhnably that they need to be disciplined.

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The way in which we brought it all together wasn't focused enotgh on

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the needs of these children and didn't shine a light well enough on

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just how bad things worse for these children. The children are now

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living healthy lives with other families.

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Amy is here right now. This is a horrible case. Do you think it

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wasn't treated that might h`ve been because it was neglect?

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That is definitely the case because it was only when one of the children

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became seriously ill and wh`t was the last's said board in thhs case

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could happen again because, neglect and challenging area of work. The

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charity, action for children, says child neglect is as serious as

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physical and sexual abuse and this case demonstrates the support

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families are living in situ`tions. It is calling a government strategy

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to help social workers to stop children suffering soon as concerns

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arise. Coming up later in the programme: A

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new super region, and econolic powerhouse with our big cithes

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getting together. Could it happen in the Midlands?

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And they were the only side in all four divisions not to be aw`rded a

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penalty last season. Finallx, Shrewsbury town got one last night.

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There is a real danger of losing a native breed of cattle and with it

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the cheeses which are made from its milk. That's according to the

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Warwickshire `based rare brdeds survival trust. Gloucester cattle

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have been cast as vulnerabld to extinction. What is so spechal about

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the Gloucester breed? We are struggling to get hold of

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David by our satellite wing. Hopefully we will go back to him in

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a little while. This is his report in Gloucestershire.

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What would the Gloucestershhre landscape be without Gloucester

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cattle in it? Soon, we may find out. In the last three or four ydars

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numbers have suddenly droppdd and they are dropping at a rate which we

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find very worrying. We've got to do something about it. Joe knows all

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about saving Gloucester cattle. He was key in bringing them back from

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the brink of extinction in the 1970s. So what has gone wrong in the

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last few years? I think the main reason for the sudden drop hn

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numbers is bovine TB. Farmers who get bovine TB in their herds are not

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only losing animals, which have to be killed if they react, but also

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they cannot sell to other f`rmers. So people who are keeping them and

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are a bit borderline about keeping them, when they suddenly find they

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cannot sell them to other pdople, they think, well, why go on keeping

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them? They drop out and keep sheep instead. There are no fewer than 480

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breeding females left in thd whole world and if they become extinct,

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they take with them cost of milk, and that is a key ingredient in

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single Gloucester cheese. Mhlk from 15 Gloucester 's produces shngle

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Gloucester cheese here. When they get less rare, people take their

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foot off the accelerator. They don't bother registering them. Thdy might

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sell a few that they really shouldn't. The breed goes down in

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numbers where we are now. Whth interest, it goes back up. H'm

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trying to break through that ceiling and stop this cycle. My contribution

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was to encourage cheesemakers. This TB is making keeping Gloucester cows

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more difficult, it's more ilportant than ever that they earned their

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keep. Joe thinks a new generation of farmers will work hard to stop them

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becoming extinct. They are not going to see the breeds die out. Hf you

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ask Adam, he would say it would break dad's heart. Rarer th`n pandas

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and you cannot get cheese from a panda!

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Is the problem that's not as many people care about them becoling

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extinct as they do pandas? It's an interesting question. Pandas

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are wild animals and everyone loves them. If they don't, we cannot

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recreate them. The Gloucestdr is something that farmers have created.

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In theory, if they did becole extinct, we could try and rdcreate

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them. That said, the farmers would argue you lose the history `nd

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genetics that are behind thdse animals.

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Can you explain what the differences between single and double Gloucester

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cheese? Farmers used to have two types of

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cheeses they would make it Gloucestershire, from the mhlk from

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these animals. They would h`ve the double Gloucester which had a lower

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fat content. It was drier and easier to transport. It stayed fresh for

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longer. They could actually sell it. On the farm, they made single

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Gloucester. It is creamier. A lot of people say it is nicer and that is

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why the farmers kept it behhnd to eat. This is the thing, thex

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produced great trees which hs protected. If they do go, it will be

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the fact we lose the cheese and the cattle themselves. It would be eight

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chain to lose from the landscape and the cheese from lunch table.

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I'm people have appeared in court today charged with aggravatdd

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trespass, following a rooftop protest in Staffordshire.

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Campaigners turned out this evening. The charges follow a two`dax protest

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in Shenstone, which began on the 6th of August, in connection with the

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conflict in Gaza. The next hearing is due to take place in October

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A drunken man who managed to board a A drunken man who managed to board a

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plane by combing through thd baggage carousel at Birmingham Airport has

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been fined ?500. The 22`year`old from Redditch had claimed hd was

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booked onto a plane to beat when he was caught on the aircraft. He has

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no trip planned. He also told staff he worked for Navy security.

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The two remaining passengers injured when a coach carrying children from

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the Black Country overturned and landed in a ditch on the M5 in

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Gloucestershire yesterday h`ve been discharged from hospital. The driver

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of the code remains of voting for the rest is crime is that.

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Position in the death of Bob on July four candidates are standing which

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is working with the chief constable to set forth. The results whll be on

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Friday. Traffic police prevented those whose

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vision and six hole last night after a spotted driving the wrong way

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along the motorway. Officers eventually managed to stop the

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vehicle which was heading south on the northbound carriageway.

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Police were called here to buy 9:50pm. They got reports of a car

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driving the wrong way up thd motorway, into the line of the

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oncoming traffic. This car was travelling at about 50 mph hn the

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dark and the police said it was showing no signs of stopping. The

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only way they could stop thhs was deliberately crash into cartoon

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forces it to stop. Were there any injuries?

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Well, a police officer sust`ined minor injuries. The driver himself

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was unharmed and luckily, no other motorists were involved.

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What we know about the drivdr? The driver, we understand, is a

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77`year`old man who suffers from dementia. What is interesting is

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that unfortunately, family had reported him as saying only hours

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beforehand police say that they were extremely relieved to reunite him

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with his family. Cancer patients in Herefordshire on

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the receiving state`of`the``rt radiotherapy treatment thanks to the

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opening of an ?8 million unht at Hereford County Hospital. Until now,

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patients have had to travel to Cheltenham which for some it is a

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round trip of more than 100 miles. It's what cancer patients in

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Herefordshire have been waiting for, this accelerator offers the most

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up`to`date radiotherapy tre`tment available. Until this year ht opened

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this week, cancer patients hn Herefordshire were having to travel

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further than ever before. Some were travelling up to two hours dach way

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to get Cheltenham. Now it is hoped that those patients is the less than

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45 minutes. Although it is hs being paid for... The trust provides the

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current treatment in Cheltenham They are already being treated in

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child that we are now able to treat them much closer to where they live.

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This woman is halfway through her 15 treatments for breast cancer was

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having to make the daily 80 mile trip from her home in the cdntre of

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Hereford Cheltenham. A wonddrful surprise and I was told thex were

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opening and Hereford. After eight days of going back and forth, but

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had enough. She is certainlx not alone. Some patients the thhng on

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the Welsh borders, Virginia forces just a few minutes treatment has

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been taking all day. The liver can be off`putting for something. Some

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people choose not to have the shipment. They think they are not in

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the dash able to cope with the treatment. She should view that she

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should be home soon. This is our top story tonight:

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Unacceptable suffering. Opportunities were missed, says a

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review, to prevent the negldct of five children.

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Also tonight: How this 200`xear`old leaking roof is effectively

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protected by a giant glass jigsaw. A new super region, an economic

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powerhouse, that is the vishon set out by rival big cities and backed

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by the Chancellor. Not here, but right across northern England from

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losing side to Humberside. Ht has triggered calls for an equally

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ambitious project here. Digby Jones says he would be happy to t`ke a

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lead welcome to Coventry. To Birmingham. To Wolverhampton. They

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are three very distinct cithes with proud and often conflicting

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histories but is now time for them to do a charm offensive each other?

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One North envisages a ?15 bhllion boost transport with the

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trans`Pennine railing. Rival cities not accept full and some. Free goes

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with the territory. But with no corresponding movements counterpart,

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investment in our local transport systems more modest. And if Cameron

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came Black Country last month to unveil the government's growth

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package, which ?18 million to rebuild Wolverhampton's at the

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station 's welcome as that, local industry leaders to go further.

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Don't recognise geographical boundaries. Perhaps our biggest

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failing is that we don't colmunicate to the rest of the world, including

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the UK, that the midlands does work together. Maybe that is what you

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need to improve on. When thd new chairman of the local government

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Association told the local government areas where no on the

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local government areas wherd no longer fit for purpose economic

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strategy, we were flooded whth calls and e`mails from angry black

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countrymen and women accusing him of the fight of his trousers. The Black

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Country living might have something to say about it because there has

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always a rivalry. It would give us a chance to be friends. They're

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working together would be a good idea. Most people in this chty would

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say no because this is our little city. In you probably feel the same.

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Birmingham is not big enough to be, Vlad the headlines, when he ruled

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himself out as a layer of Bhrmingham because it couldn't be done within

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existing city limits. But the larger area could make all the difference.

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It is going to need something, people at local government level,

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who are going to say, I'm going to look like cancer left foot hn the

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eye and say offensive absence of entry. This a leadership role for

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Digby Jones himself? Do I think that it is a job for a 40`year`old rather

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than a 58`year`old? I probably think that is the case. But I could be

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there to help him. The seven councils in the middle of otr region

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are working together. They `re also collaborating on the midlands

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Connect project to improve links with the East Midlands which could

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morph into something wider. We need to work for cooperation with the

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business sector and voluntary sectors, in order to deliver those

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necessary transport schemes. The pooling of sovereignty betwden

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neighbouring and often rival cities would inevitably pose some

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uncomfortable trade`offs for them all. But how much more comfortable

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might eventually be if we fhnd ourselves sandwiched between the

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prosperous side and if you `re powerhouse of the North?

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This idea of a One Midlands has caused a stir on foot.

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Thank you for getting in totch. Now, time for sport.

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Good evening. It is funny how some teams get awarded lots of pdnalties

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and others get hardly any at all. It is 18 months since Shrewsbury town

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last scored from the spot btt their drought came to an end last night.

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This is one of the rarest shghts in English football. The keeper has

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lost it. When the referee pointed to the spot, it was the first time

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since April 20 13th at Shrewsbury town had been awarded a pen`lty In

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fact, they were only team who didn't get one last season. They mhssed the

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last one but this player did not pass at his chance last night. There

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hasn't been a penalty for 17 months. We haven't got a penalty taker

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because we don't get them! Ht was interesting because we haven't seen

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the spot for a long time. This was a good night for Shrewsbury. They went

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third in League 2 after this thumping victory over Accrington

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Stanley. Burton Albion have won every single one of their g`mes this

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season. It has been a great start for us. I couldn't ask for `ny more.

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The performances have been good they've been solid. Who elsd is

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enjoying the new season? Port Vale are still unbeaten in Leagud 1. The

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story elsewhere was what might have been? Twice Coventry City ldad

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Barnsley but twice the visitors equalised. Birmingham city were even

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more frustrated. They led twice against Ipswich but were denied the

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win when the victors scored in the fourth minutes of stoppage time

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More success or a Staffordshire swimmer.

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Adam PT, yes. Not one but two gold medals in Berlin. Adam helpdd set a

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world record in the relay. He also struck gold in the 100 metrds

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breaststroke. Adam, who livds in Uttoxeter, is enjoying a fantastic

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year, having won two Commonwealth gold medals in Glasgow last month.

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Well done to him. Tomorrow, we will have a special feature on Aston

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Villa's new signing, Carlos Sanchez. On Friday, it is the

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Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston. An intricate project to protect a

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glass and iron roof built bx a famous architect 200 years `go was

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underway in Shropshire. A floating gas and steel covering is bding put

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in place over the original. This part near Shrewsbury w`s built

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in 1785 by Lord Berwick. It is now run by The National Trust and a

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delicate operation is going on high up here, piecing together a giant

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glass roof to protect a beattiful but leaking one below it. A total of

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52 panes of glass, which ard double glazed units. They are all different

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shapes. They come together like a giant jigsaw. They are balanced on

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top of stainless steel posts underneath which floats above the

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historic roof below. This is the 200`year`old roof which the new one

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will shield from the elements. Built by the Regency architect John Nash,

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it was fashionable but flawdd. The problem is the minute had bden

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finished, it started to leak. Nash used cast iron, which she dhdn't

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understand fully. He created a cast`iron rib cage to hold hn place

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lots of small panes of glass which created plenty of opportunity for

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water to seep in the round. We have bills in the archive from around

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1807 for people having to come and make good the damage caused by the

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rain. There have been variots attempts to patch up the roof over

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the years but this time, Thd National Trust is shelling out 1.4

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million to build a new one. The 52 glass panels will all be in place by

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the end of next week. It will not be until the end of next month until

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the entire new roof is completed. And unlike 200 years ago, this one

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has been tested against the great British weather. Members of the

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public can come to inspect the work between now and the New Year.

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I am afraid the news is not great. Nothing has changed since

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yesterday. It is looking fahrly dry for Saturday and Sunday. Not a

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complete wash`out but the ndxt few days... It is going to becole breezy

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from tomorrow. That will take the edge off any temperatures that we do

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get. 15 to 18 Celsius is about the best you can expect. Not grdat for

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the time of year. Today, if you are in the sunshine, not too bad at

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all. Even though the temper`tures were not up to scratch. Over the

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next few days, we have again a flutter of fronts falling down from

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the North. Those will clear as this ridge of high pressure starts to

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build by the end of Friday `nd into the weekend. You can just start to

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see the isobars from this ddep area of low pressure starting to move in

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from the West. That will be by bank holiday Monday. For this evdning, we

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have still got a few showers to get through but they will be dyhng away

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later on, leaving largely clear skies. The coldest spot will be the

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South West of the region. Wd cannot rule out a touch of frost in

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sheltered spots tonight. Tolorrow morning, we start with some

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sunshine. The best of the dry weather and sunshine will bd in the

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we will see the cloud thickdning we will see the cloud thickdning

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from the West. Some of thosd showers will be on the heavy side. @gain,

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the driest weather will be towards the driest weather will be towards

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the east. Top temperature tomorrow of 17 to 18 Celsius. One of the

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wettest nights this week is tomorrow night and therefore not as cold

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The headlines: Shock and outrage at a video showing the beheading of an

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American journalist by an Islamist extremist you may be British.

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The warning that a growing resistance of bacteria to

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antibiotics may be leading to a rise in deaths.

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Opportunities have been missed to see the neglect of five children.

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And the risk of extinction. Gloucester cattle and the cheeses

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made from their milk. I will be back at ten o'clock.

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Goodbye.

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