21/08/2014 Midlands Today


21/08/2014

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Good evening. time for the news where you are

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A two`year deal's been agredd which will mean Coventry City

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football club will once agahn play at the Ricoh Arena.

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For the past year, home games had been taking place 35

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Coventry City council has wdlcomed the news as "great for everxone who

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Our reporter Amy Cole is at the Ricoh for us now.

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Well, negotiations apparently have been taking place for the p`st month

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to get to this point, which is a two`year deal for the Sky Blues to

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return to Coventry, with thd option of an extra two years after that.

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The Chairman of ACL, which owns the Ricoh, says ht's fair

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to both sides, finally ending years of arguing about money.

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` as my colleague Nick Clitheroe now reports.

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For the past 12 months these Coventry

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City fans have been forced to give up their Saturday afternoon ritual.

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Furious at the team being uprooted to Northampton, they preferred to

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protest on the hill outside than pass through the turnstiles.

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I get all the frustration and anger, I do apologise sincerely for

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everything that I may have hnflicted on the fans, but that is done, it is

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It's a row which has blightdd Coventry for the past two ydars

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The club's owners, Sisu, stopped paying rent on the

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Ricoh Arena in March 2012, claiming it was far too high.

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Then in March 2013 Sisu put the part of the club which was the official

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Two months later, Coventry City announced thex had no

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future at the Ricoh and began the move to North`mpton.

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Now, though, the Sky Blues are coming back.

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The deal is fair and council taxpayers and everyone conndcted.

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This is a deal that will benefit the city of Coventry and the supporters.

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With the deal for a maximum of four years it's clear th`t

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long`term Coventry City still want to move, but for now at least,

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the fans will be able to cole down off the hill again.

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I'm joined now by Moz Baker from the Sky Blue Trust ` dhd you

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I think at times it seemed like it would never happen, but those of us

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who have been campaigning always had faith this was the right thhng, that

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Coventry had to return to the city of Coventry. It has been a day of

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emotion. A colleague told md they had been in tears all day. They felt

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they had had part of their life back. What about Coventry itself?

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The economics of the area. Ht will have an impact on taxi drivdrs,

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clubs, pubs, food outlets, but also there is the effect of people the

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world over are seeing this state of the art stadium, and also showing

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Next home game is Friday 5th September against Gillinghal,

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And Shane O'Connor will havd more reaction to this story on

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BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's breakfast show from 6:00

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Staff have been told that Stafford Hospital's maternity unit

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That's despite the Prime Minister saying a review should take place

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It'll mean that midwives, rather than consultants, will lead

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the service at Stafford, whhle more complicated births will go to Stoke.

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As thousands of pupils across the region got their GCSE

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grades today, the BBC has bden told that at least two of

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the schools involved in the Trojan Horse Investigation in Birmhngham

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57% of pupils at Golden Hillock School were predicted

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to get 5 or more A* to C gr`des ` but only 45 per cent achievdd that.

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Pass rates are also thought to be down at its sister school,

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The schools were under constant scrutiny, and as governor is the

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focus was shifted not on edtcation, on dealing with the issue, `nd I

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believe that has played a significant part in the restlts we

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Traders in a Birmingham subtrb say their community is in decline `

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because a supermarket planndd for the area still hasn't been built.

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Tesco bought the site in Sthrchley more than ten years`ago.

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Barbara and Bob Nolan run a thriving cafe in Stirchlex.

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But in a week's time, it could be empty.

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A clause in their lease means they face having to move out to lake way

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for Tesco ` even though it's unclear when the store will be built:

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When we first got those eviction papers I don't think we slept or 84

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Five years ago we filmed thd Nolans as they started their busindss

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They made it a success, but still owe ?35,000.

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Tesco offered is that some `` 7 500 pounds as a gesture of goodwill

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This man events his propertx back from Tesco. We have had to diversify

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This community centre was also sold to Tesco as part of their plans

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The Tesco development has bden on the books since 2001, and ydt not a

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Despite buying property, Tesco told us it hadn't yet been `ble to

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A spokesman said they hoped to bring `` start demolition work in the

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autumn, and that they would update the community.

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That's all from me, I'll le`ve you with the weather with Shefali Oza.

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We have gone slightly off course for that dry weather at the beghnning of

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the bank holiday weekend, wd are now looking at Sunday being the driest

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day of all. Wetter and windher by Monday. It is looking quite wet at

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the moment. Because of the cloud it will be milder than it has been

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temperatures for most places falling down into double figures. These

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showers will eventually Petdr out during the early hours. It will be a

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dry day tomorrow, lots of stnshine to be had. The odd shower could turn

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heavy, but it is quite cool with temperatures only rising from 1 in

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the north to 18 in the South. into a nice, fine day on Sunday with

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lots of sunshine. Then more rain pushes in from the west for the Bank

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Holiday Monday. Good evening. There's a feel of

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autumn about the weather at the moment. It's thanks to the fact we

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are pulling our off off the British Isles from the north making for a

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cold feel by day and chilly nights. Still some showers to contend with

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across England and Wales. Some heavy through the small hours of Friday,

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particularly around the Bristol channel and into the south-east

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towards the end of the

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