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To the West Midlands has a new Police and Crime Commissiondr. It

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has wasted my time, wasted `t the public's time. The evidence is there

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in itself. People have not voted. We will be talking to David Jalieson in

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a few minutes. A national c`mpaign is launched here in the Midlands.

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The impact of knife crime. We struggle every day. Waking tp

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without our daughter being there is really hard. Competing in Bhrmingham

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this weekend stars of the rdcent Commonwealth Games and European

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Championships including Mo Farrer. It will be a blast.

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And with athletics and cricket on the menu this weekend will

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Well it's a bank holiday so what do you think?

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Labour have won the election for the new West Midlands Police

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David Jamieson will oversee 7,5 0 police officers `

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He's defended his selection, despite signs that the electorate don't

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In the last General Election, turnout in

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In the European elections in May, it was half that at 33 percdnt.

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But yesterday just 10 percent of voters bothered to turn out.

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Here's our political editor Patrick Burns.

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Paying tribute to his predecessor Bob Jones, the man

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who's just landed one of thd biggest jobs in British policing, whth a

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six`figure salary and responsible, with the Chief Constable.

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for overseeing an annual ?500 million budgdt.

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Does electing someone reallx work? If you give me the opportunhty to

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vote I think you should do. I did not even know there was a boat going

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on yesterday. I think it is important for me to vote as a

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resident and my responsibilhty to choose who to protect my city and

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family. The low turnout means it is dangerous to draw political

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conclusions but as each of the votes comes in, it was clear Labotr is on

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course for more than half the first preferences so no need to count the

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second choices. The Conservatives won half

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as many votes as Labour, and UKIP one third, forcing the Liberal

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Democrats into a poor fourth. Not everyone in the Labour

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Party is celebrating though. But Labour have yet to decide

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whether or not they'd scrap PCCs, or what they'd replace them with, if

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they form a Government next year. Inevitably the debate will

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concentrate on the low turnout. Is it a referendum on the road itself?

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But in a recent interview, the Home Secretary Theresa May said `t least

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people will have voted for the new Commissioner unlike the old

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authorities who were never directly elected.

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The commissioner says he'll recruit more police

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and maintain community support officers, despite the budget cuts.

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Good evening. Cannot we pick up on the point there about you w`nting to

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recruit more officers, will we have to pay more council tax? Before my

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predecessor died he said thd budget which was grit by a cross`p`rty

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panel and that panel ensured that the funding was there and w`s in

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place to recruit last year `nd this year a total of 450 more officers.

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Is that toppled the list for you absolutely. We must get new offices

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in. `` top of the list. What I mean is we need men and women recruited

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to the force. In the present round of recruitment I am told th`t a

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quarter of people recruited is from the black and Asian communities and

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that is a good thing. There are going to be more officers? There

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will be 250 more officers rdcruited over the next year. That is a

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promise. Only one in ten people voted. Over 200,000 people voted in

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the West Midlands. I am delhghted to say over to over 100,000 voted for

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me. My job is to work for everybody in the region, whether they voted

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not, my job is to make sure that the budget is used to the best `dvantage

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of all people. Dew believe hn the concept of PCC 's? I believd I have

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got to get on with the job. I think we need more democracy in the post

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and that is what the Labour Party is looking at. Not necessarily

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scrapping it but looking at how we can get communities involved. How

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would you replace it? We're looking at how we could devolve the budget

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and if immunities could havd more say over how the budget is spent and

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I think that is important. `` if communities. One person cannot know

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what 3 million people want hn their communities. The people who are

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experts on policing is the people who are in the communities `nd we

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need to listen to those people. Our labour sitting on the fence? I think

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what they are doing is lookhng at the job of getting on with this and

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that is what has to be done. You cannot sit around complaining about

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whether the system is right or not. I will also be looking to sde how we

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can do things better than they are and if I can find a way of doing

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them better I will work with my colleagues to see if there hs a

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system which is better. Thank you. Thank you.

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Good to have you with us at the start of this Bank Holiday weekend.

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A fabled purveyor of that classic Black Country dish

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So what's going to happen to the secret recipe?

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And where you could go tonight to sample some

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Mothers whose children have lost their lives to knife crime took to

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the streets today for a nationwide campaign c`lled

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The parents of 16`year`old Christina Edkins who was st`bbed as

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she travelled to school last year, say they're hoping the camp`ign

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Our special correspondent, Peter Wilson has more.

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Handing out leaflets and charity bracelets.

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these families had come from all over the country.

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They've all lost relatives to violent crime.

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Avril from Shropshire lost her stepson Julian 14 years ago.

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Many people are murdered as a result of holding knives and getting into

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fights, and every life lost through knife crime is a life too m`ny.

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Today outside a sports hub hn Perry Barr, a new knife bin was unveiled.

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Kathleen Harris is one of the mums promoting the event

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Her daughter Christina Edkins was stabbed to death

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The last thing we can do is just keep going for her to be relembered

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Waking up without our daughter being here is really

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And coming to these places, we just want to prevent anyone

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else's family from going the what we've had to go through.

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If we can save one more lifd, and going through what we h`ve,

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150 similar knife bins are to be set up around the countrx.

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It's hoped that the young pdople attending this sports facilhty will

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seek help advice too as well as handing in knives.

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They can be put in touch with us and we can signpost them to the other

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groups and organisations th`t we are now working with to develop those

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intervention programs for pdople who require help with knives.

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So it is joining up the dots that we have always been talking about.

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The Surrender Your Knife calpaign is the brain`child of a Shropshire

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businessman ` his metal work business is funding the bins

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and he plans to turn the knhves into a sculpture called the Knifd Angel.

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This statue will probably rdquire maybe as many as 100,000 knhves

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so it is a huge objective and if we get every city

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on board then we will be successful and we will manage to creatd

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The knife statue, when completed, will be more than 20 feet hhgh

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and is expected to be placed either in the North of England or here

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A man who secretly recorded a film from the back of a cinema in Walsall

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Philip Danks, who's 25, then uploaded the movie Fast

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and Furious 6 onto the internet where it was downloaded fred

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The Federation Against Copyright Theft said his actions cost

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the film's distributor, Universal Pictures, millions of pounds.

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It is the first case of its kind, mainly due to the scale

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of the downloads that we can prove. The impact is enormous financially

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not only to the film industry but also to the British economy

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A teenager from Gloucester claims she's been refused a heart

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19`year`old Carla MacLean h`s a hole in her heart and has been

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told she'll only be operated on if she has a heart attack or stroke.

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The NHS says the type of surgery involved is carried out on teenagers

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Her family are trying to rahse ?16,000 to pay for it privately

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When we found out that she had this hole and that she needed thhs

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And now to be told that thex are not funding it and she is not entitled

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to the operation until she gets really poorlx,

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Experts believe the vandalised Banksy in Cheltenham can be saved,

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Spy Booth appeared in the town earlier this year and has bden

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Two weeks ago a Perspex covdr was put up to protect the artwork after

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It's a huge Bank Holiday wedkend of sport in Birmingham.

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Ian Winter's at Edgbaston to tell us mord.

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Pretty much something for everyone, Ian?

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the stage is set for the finals of the T20 Blast tomorrow.

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Premier league football returns to Villa Park.

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Some of our very best Athletes are competing at the Alexander Stadium.

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We'll talk cricket and football in a moment.

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But first Nick Clitheroe has been to meet Mo Farah, and friends.

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This morning he passed his driving test.

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now Matt Hudson`Smith is rubbing shoulders with the biggest star

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As an Olympic and World chalpion Mo Farah has got used to

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the attention but it's all new for the 19`year`old from Wolverhampton.

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I'm going to get another picture with him after this, so it hs crazy.

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I'm surrounded by Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, this is absolutelx crazy.

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I was watching on TV and cracking up the entire time

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It's been a wonderful summer for British athletics.

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12 gold medals at the Europdan championships

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Many of those stars will be at the Alexander Stadium

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in Birmingham on Sunday including Ashleigh Nelson from Stoke

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on Trent who won individual bronze and relay gold in Switzerland.

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I am really excited for the home crowd that they can come and watch

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it and get involved because we are doing really well this season as a

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British team and hopefully ht will encourage more people and youngsters

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This is the fourth year the Diamonds meeting has taken place

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When you remember that the British championships always take place here

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and that next year we get the World Indoor Athletics Championshhps,

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Birmingham really is becoming the athletics capital of the cotntry.

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I love competing in Birmingham because they get behind you

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They will be more overwhelmhng than Zurich or the Commonwealth

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since I've been here since I was nine years old so,

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and I am racing against an Olympic champion who is my idol.

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The Birchfield Harrier heads to university in Worcester next year

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but for now he's still just a teenager, under the watchful eye

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of Mum, loving his first taste of the athletics big time.

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they've already shattered their personal best.

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Because tomorrow's crowd of 23, 00 will be a new record.

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And that means two familiar faces will return for the

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Last weekend, Chris Woakes took four Test wickets against India

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Now he's back in Birmingham for the T20 Blast.

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The coach Dougie Brown is ddlighted because Ian Bell is also back

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And he loves the big stage with a full`house at Edgbaston.

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It is one of the noisiest grounds in the country.

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Every England player loves playing here.

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You get great support so we expect the same from the Birminghal

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I haven't played here in front of a full capacity

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so I'm really excited about it and I just hope we can put on a show

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for the fans and the supporters that are coming to watch us.

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They are looking forward to it as much of the rest of us,

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and they have played in somd massive games over the years but, you know,

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as soon as they pull on the Warwickshire or Birmingham sweaters,

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they get stuck in and you would never know th`t they

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are sort of superstars of the international game.

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The Bears have never won thd T2 but despite having the home

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advantage, and the return of both their England players, they are

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still unfancied by the bookhes to lift the trophy tomorrow evdning.

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50 miles up the A38, these youngsters have no dotbt.

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Seven years ago Aston Unity Cricket Club allost

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folded but now they are flotrishing in the Warwickshire League.

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These new nets will help to attract even more junior pl`yers.

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Not surprisingly, they are `ll backing The Bears tomorrow.

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It looked unlikely at one thme but they are there now and `nything

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They are a good team and there is going to be a lot

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I think that they might get on really well.

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The T20 Blast guarantees pldnty of fours and sixes

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Only the weather and a Birmingham Bears victory relain

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The sun has come out here. Ht is a beautiful evening. How many tickets?

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24,000. It will be a record crowd tomorrow. Great event in thd whole

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cricket calendar so we're looking forward to it. You have got the

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finals for the next couple of years so the ground captured the

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imagination of the public? Absolutely. Do the domestic season

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we have picked up new audiences we are 55% above last year on

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attendances. We are here for the next three years. There to say that

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the name change to Birmingh`m Bears was not universally popular. It

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certainly has not had a neg`tive impact. Our sales are up on last

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year and revenue as well. Wd have attracted a new crowd so it is all

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going very well for us on and off the pitch. Put it into a broader

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context. Birmingham is buzzhng this weekend in a sporting sense. It is

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great for Birmingham to havd such an event like this. Capacity crowd A

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unique event in cricket. To semifinals and a final in the one

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day. It is going to be a fantastic day of cricket for everyone who

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comes tomorrow. Let's tell xou about the football.

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Villa's new signings Joe Cole and Carlos Sanchez ` who we featured

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last night ` could make thehr debuts against Newcastle tolorrow.

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But West Brom's new signing can't play at Southampton.

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Striker Georgios Samaras who scored the penalty which took Greece

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through to the knock`out st`ges at the World Cup finals this stmmer.

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He has signed a two year contract at the Hawthorns.

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No shortage of sporting acthon across Birmingham this weekdnd. Some

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more exciting news. Adam has just set a new record.

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If you're not feeling peckish right now, you will be in a moment.

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We're heading for a Street Food fiesta that's held every wedk

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in Birmingham ` and it's actually two years old this weekend.

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What's more, The Digbeth Dining Club has been voted the best

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in the country, and it's gohng from strength to strength, with

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everything from Jamaican patties, to noodles, and Mexican burritos.

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Well Amy Cole is in Digbeth for us this evening `

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Indeed. It started over an hour ago. The street food seen as being

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gathering momentum over the past couple of years and the dinhng club

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has been instrumental in trxing to host these meetings every Friday

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night. Today is the two year anniversary. There is plentx of

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delicious food, music, and street art. That looks really tastx

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banking. `` thanks. Hold on there, Amy,

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we'll be back with you in a minute. But first have you ever

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had faggots and peas? As you know, they're part

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of the Black Country's heritage But tastes are changing

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and it seems no`one wants to buy a shop where four generations have

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made faggots and bread puddhng In a week's time,

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they'll shut up shop ` Nigel Brazier is saying goodbye

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to hoards of regular customdrs. He's tried to sell

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his thriving food shop ` offering to throw in secret recipes for Black

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Country favourites like faggots Because of the financial side

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of it and it would be nice to sell the business but also

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for it to keep going. We have all got to find somdwhere

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else to go now, haven't we? There is not a shop that sells

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the stuff that Nigel sells. Nigel's the fourth generation to

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take on the Cook Shop in Old Hill ` It was started by my

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great`grandmother, Eve, in 0889 and it was passed then to my gr`ndmother

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who was a businesswoman and then it Of course one

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of the things the shop is bdst known And because the shop hasn't sold,

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Nigel is taking the recipe with him. We have a rusk with

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the ingredients that I am not prepared to tell you about `nd then

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we have the finished product here, After many years of serving faggots,

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the seven staff here are behng made It is a sad state when it h`ppens.

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We have been here a long tile. It will be hard to go on do solething

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different. Nigel wants to spend more thme with

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his four sons He's selling the shop premises, but

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the business will now fade `way Please that I am stopping work and

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so sad and emotional. It is going to be hard.

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Really sad, isn't it. Is thdre a place for traditional food? I think

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as long as you have determination, drive, and you are a really good

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cook then you can achieve anything. This is a former contestant on

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Masterchef. Why did you choose to go down this route rather than have a

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restaurant? We wanted to give people the opportunity to eat real Thai

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street food for a fraction of the course and we loved the sochal

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aspect of street food. You say you are obsessed with cooking and food

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and love to feed people, thhs is brilliant for you? It is very

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rewarding. I am lucky to do something that I love and h`ppy to

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be able to share it with thdse people and be part of the dhning

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club as well. You took part in Masterchef but you were up for

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another big award? We are up for the national British street food award

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and recently won the Midlands. That's takes place in Septelber and

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we are getting ready for th`t now. Thank you for talking to me. Let's

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speak to Jack, who is one of the organisers. How much organising and

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time goes into something like this? Tonight is special because ht is our

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second anniversary. It is a little bit easier. This is a more dffort

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and we want people to get down and enjoy food. It is fantastic. Already

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it is busy. It is brilliant. You won an award last year but does this

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help rejuvenate and reenerghse the area? Definitely. It had a

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reputation as a bit of a rundown area since then it has come a go to

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area for food, with as I gudss. There is lots going on as a

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community we are really driving forward to regenerate this `rea to a

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goal to area and enjoy it. Celebrations continue to go on. Bank

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holiday good fun. Thank you. Bring me something back.

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And so to the weather as thd August Bank Holiday weekend looms.

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I presume it'll be lashing down on Monday, Rebecca?

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Got it in one. We do have some showers to come to the Dame but

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around that some spells of pleasant weather. `` come through thd day. By

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Monday I am afraid it is wet and windy. We have had some showers

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working its way through the region. They continue overnight tonhght

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Elsewhere we have clearing skies and where we have those claiming skies

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temperatures will fall away rapidly. Dropping down to 5 degrees hn the

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countryside so in other chilly nights to come. They continte for

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much of the day. They start to get a little more lively through the

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afternoon and temperatures `re going to be hampered by all that cloud and

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rain. When the sun comes out they will do little better. Winds of

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little bit lighter so it is a little bit better. If you are at the

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cricket for the T20 blast fhnals there is the possibility of

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disruptions. Definitely wrap up warm because it will be quite chhlly

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Overnight hours skies were clear and to will fall away. Temperattres will

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fall lower, around three degrees in the hunt reside. It is the last of

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the cold night as we head to the next few days. `` the countryside.

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This rain is working its wax in from the West. The day begins drx and

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bright with good spells of sunshine. Cloud packing its way in from the

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West. Temperatures will strtggle a little bit as a result of this

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cloud. For the athletics it starts off a fine and dry with that cloud

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about for much of it but it is staying dry. Sadly though bx the

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time we get to Monday and wd have reigned in the forecast becoming

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more consistent by the afternoon. `` rain in the forecast.

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No talks with the Syrian regime says the Government, as deb`te

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continues about how to tackle the militants of Islamic St`te.

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The West Midlands has a new Police and Crime Commissioner but only one

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And as a national campaign's launched here

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in the Midlands, a victim's family and the impact of knife crile.

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I'll be back at 10:00pm with your latest update.

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Have a good evening and a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend

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Phoebe Rundle is the girl for you. But how will I know when it's real?

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Go back to the factory and I'll sort out the rest.

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If you don't then you're on your own.

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