23/08/2014 Midlands Today


23/08/2014

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The Herefordshire economy is receiving a much`needed boost,

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thanks to its own home grown produce.

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The flavours of Herefordshire Festival kicked off today,

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with thousands expected to `ttend over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Now in its ninth year, the festival brought ?3 million

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And for those attending tod`y, there was also the bonus

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There's a flavour to suit everyone and it's all been

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It's one of the biggest events on the foodie calendar

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and organisers predict at least 40,000 people will attend

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We provide a real mixture. Ht's not just a food festival, it's `ll about

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the flavours of Herefordshire Festival, including activithes and

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craft. We were about every flavour of Herefordshire.

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Sharing recipes, tips and expertise, Mary Berry, from the

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BBC's Great British Bake`Off, was today's star attraction.

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But whilst visitors enjoyed edible delights and tantalising tastes

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I think it's lovely that evdryone is interested in food. You can't beat

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home`cooked food. I think it is a skill that is coming back.

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But whilst visitors enjoyed edible delights and tantalising tastes

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local traders were feeding off the benefits.

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It brings people in from different areas that would normally come in.

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All the regulars still come in as well, so it's great. We've got a lot

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of people coming and for Coffey and stay to have food. With over 12

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exhibitors, festival organisers hope it will give visitors a taste of

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what Herefordshire has two of. `` to offer.

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A nine`year`old boy has died after falling into a weir

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He's said to have got into difficulty in the water

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near Tuttbury Mill early yesterday evening.

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He was taken to Hospital in Burton`upon`Trent,

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He's yet to be formally identified, and his death isn't being treated

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Police are investigating after a large fire forced elderly rdsidents

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Officers are treating the blaze which damaged up to six terraced

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Five fire crews were called to Johnson Close at around 3:00am

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One of the region's major shopping centres was evacuated this `fternoon

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after an unexploded grenade was handed into a nearby police station.

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The Touchwood Centre in Solihull was cleared and nearby

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roads closed after the discovery of the old World War Two device

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Work to improve the on`street Midland Metro tram

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tracks through Wolverhampton is due to start next month.

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The ?4.5 million project will take three months.

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Worn out tracks, which are 15 years old,

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will be replaced and a repl`cement bus service will be in oper`tion

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Onto today's sport, starting with cricket, and Birmingham Bears will

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play either Lancashire or H`mpshire in tonight's T20 Final at Edgbaston.

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The Bears enjoyed a 16`run semi`final victory over

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Ian Bell, back from England Test duty, hit 38 off just 17 balls, but

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it was William Porterfield who took the Man of the Match honours for

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Onto today's football, and in the Premier League, Aston Villa

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and Newcastle shared a goalless draw at lunchtime, while West Brom then

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In the Championship, Birmingham City drew 1`1

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at Brentford, after taking the lead through a Paul Caddis penalty,

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while Wolves beat Cardiff Chty, thanks to a last`minute own goal.

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Onto League One where Walsall were goalless at Leyton Orient,

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and it was a similar outcomd for Coventry City at MK Dons.

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But Port Vale slipped up, beaten 2`0 at home by Notts County.

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In League Two, Burton Albion drew 1`1 at

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Newport County, and it was the same for Shrewsbury at Northampton.

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Cheltenham Town came from behind to beat Tranmere 3`2.

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Results in the Conference, @FC Telford lost 1`0 at Bristol Rovers.

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Kidderminster Harriers drew 0`0 at Macclefield and Nuneaton went

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Let's take a check now on what the weather's got in store

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Good evening. We've had quite a few showers today and gradually starting

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die away. With clear skies starting to form, the night`time temperatures

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start to drop to a minimum of five Celsius, probably low in rural

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areas, closer to two or thrde Celsius. Quite a bit of sunshine

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tomorrow morning with the chance of a few showers into the afternoon.

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Our next bulletin is at 6:50pm tomorrow evening.

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It has been a familiar story again today, pleasant in the sunshine but

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certainly a chill in the air and tonight will be unusually cold for

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this time of year. There will be some sunshine on Sunday before cloud

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increases in the West to bring some rain around on Monday.

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