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on settling down and turning warmer. That is all from the BBC News at

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Six. Hello and welcome to Midlands Today.

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The headlines tonight: A strain on the service,

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as West Midlands Ambulance reveals there were hundreds of 999 calls

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from just one address last xear A lot of these are genuine patients

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who need an ambience and thdy are tied to one.

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We'll be asking how so many calls on the ambulance service

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Police across three counties to map out

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where controversial stop and search take place.

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We are now able to track more accurately west and search powers

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are used so we can map thosd across to where

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Pilot culling of badgers to tackle TB in cattle

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gets the go`ahead for a second year in Gloucestershire.

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Why Tigers' hopes are burning bright,

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as they hurtle headlong tow`rds the new ice hockey season.

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if we're lucky, the rain will be restricted to the nights,

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but there's a deep area of low pressure heading our way

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An investigation by BBC Midlands Today has discovered

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that one home in Birmingham made hundreds of 999 calls

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to West Midlands Ambulance Service last year

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but the caller was taken to hospital just a handful of times.

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A total of 661 emergency calls were made

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from a single residential address in the B34 area of the city.

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Nicola Beckford has this exclusive report.

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I will put someone is in thdre for you. An elderly patient with severe

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breathing difficulties. Par`medics are at the scene within minttes You

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would expect an ambulance to arrive when you call but what if that

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request comes from someone who has made hundreds of calls prevhously?

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The Ambulance Service. Is the patient breathing? 999 calls come

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into this operation centre. Operators decide whether or not to

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dispatch an ambience crew. Ht is made on a case`by`case basis. Some

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people have complex needs that generally require us. The sdcond

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have complex need but they do not necessarily need the ambulance.

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Category three that chases calls. These are people `` categorx three

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of vexatious callers. We have discovered that one home in

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the B 34 area of Birmingham dialled 999 for an ambulance 661 tiles last

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year. Only 12 of those calls resulted in a hospital visit. The

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top ten frequent callers in our region made more than 2500 calls

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last year. One home`made more than 390 calls. One caller made 255

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calls. One household in the... DY eight area was taken to hospital

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five times. Some abuse the service and can cause

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problems for people who gentinely need their help. Lee Biddle has

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severe epilepsy and could collapse up to seven times a day. At his

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worst, his family. There is a big black population

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here. But that perception is very much at odds with the offichal

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statistics. In 2012 there wdre nearly 50,000 searches and 60% `` 6%

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arrest rate. The arrest ratd is likely to double. Section 60, for

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the past 18 months, has onlx been sanctioned by assistant chidf

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constables. If you were Afrhcan Caribbean you were more likdly to be

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stopped than a white person. They say now it is 2.6, but they say

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three times more likely to be stopped. We are moving in the right

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direction. This man is on book scrutiny panel and thinks the

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current move will make a big difference. The officer was only

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able to write the first ten, 15 words of a sentence, which could not

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give you much information. Ht would often appear there were gap. The

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officer in charge of stop and search in the West Midlands said it was an

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essential power and being used in a proportionate manner to protect the

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public from criminals. Earlier I the west Mercia Chief

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Constable. I asked him Earlier I the west Mercia Chief

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Constable. I asked about thd pilot scheme to map where stop and search

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powers we used. It is a poshtive range of measures. Used by the Home

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Secretary, to make it more transparent and help improvd

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confidence communities have in the police around how we use thd powers.

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We have been at the vanguard of this work and we are able to track more

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accurately where stop and sdarch powers are used, so we can lap them

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across to where offences and criminality are taking placd. That

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way we can be more certain we are using the powers transparently and

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did the right places and give the communities we are serving

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confidence we are using powdrs properly. These new restrictions on

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stop and search, is that an implied criticism of the way it has been

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done before. I think they are useful checks and balances about how the

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powers have been used, rathdr than restrictions. In some places, there

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are concerns about whether we use the powers in the right way. The

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officers I lead have to makd difficult decisions about how they

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use the powers and in the m`jority of occasions they get it right.

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Sometimes we get it wrong. Theresa May said... If I could finish. These

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new measures are to make sure we use them at the right time to protect

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the public, and also so that people who have done nothing wrong have no

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fear about how who have done nothing wrong have no

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fear about we use the powers. Welcome this approach. The reason we

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are in the vanguard and wanted to be a pilot force was to demonstrate we

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want to embrace these new mdasures. If I can come back to the qtestion,

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to Reza Mays said the current use of stop and search was an unacceptable

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affront to justice. Do you see that in your force? No, I do not. I agree

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the evidence she must have before her to make decisions is undquivocal

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and she is right to make those statements where she has sedn it. I

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do not see it in my force. Hf I did, it would be stamped out. We do a lot

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to monitor where the powers are used. We do not get negativd

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feedback. A man from the West Midlands has died after attdnding

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the cream feels dance festival in Cheshire. Paramedics were c`lled to

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a hotel away from the site on Sunday morning. `` cream fields. Officers

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are investigating whether it was drug`related. A college in

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Birmingham is to open a centre of excellence in India. The centre will

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train local people in technhcal education and health care. Ht is

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hoped to strengthen links bdtween the Midlands and India. Overnight

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closures across the M6 throtgh Staffordshire begin tonight. The

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next 15 days, the southbound route will be shot after 10pm between

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junction 13 and ten A. The work is part of a smart motorway scheme that

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aims to cut congestion. A p`ving stone has been unveiled to honour a

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Worcester soldier who was ghven the Victoria Cross in the First World

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War. George Wyatt saved colleagues on the front line in France while

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under fire. It is one of ten cities honouring soldiers awarded the

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Victoria Cross. It has been confirmed this afternoon a second

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badger cull has been given the go`ahead in Gloucestershire and

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Somerset. The controversial project sets a target for the number of

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badgers shot inside the zond. It is part of a scheme to see if the

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culling reduced the number of cases of bovine TB within the specified

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areas. What were the results of last year's culling? There were divided

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opinions about this. That is in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Many

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voices came together at the ending condemnation about how effective it

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was, because the aim was to Cole 70% of the badger population. In

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Gloucestershire, `` cull. It was not a great start but they are trying

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again. Natural England say there will be a six`week window coming up.

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No location will be known about They will have a minimum lilit of

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650 badgers being killed by a combination of trapping and

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shooting. Farmers and the government say it is necessary because of the

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spread of bovine TB, which `ffected 26,000 cattle, being slaughtered

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because of the effect of it. Protesters have been vociferous

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They say it is ineffective `nd inhumane.

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I gather Gloucestershire police are looking into allegations about Mark

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's men surrounding last years. They are investigating a Marx man

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who allegedly crossed a golf course carrying a loaded weapon whhle

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stalking the badger, with claims he put public safety at risk. @nd other

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allegations of Marx meant using illegal night sites to track

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badgers. The cost of policing the operations last year amountdd to

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almost ?2 million. It has bden confirmed that the young mother of a

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schoolgirl who suffered frol cancer will face prosecution. It is for

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keeping her daughter off school It was hoped that talks between Kerry

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Capper and Birmingham City Council would avert the need.

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Seven`year`old Libby was di`gnosed with an aggressive tumour on her

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keep it. She had surgery whhch ended up with the organ needing rdmoval.

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She has recovered but is sthll under the care of Birmingham Children s

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Hospital. Her mother, 26`ye`r`old Kerry, is in trouble with the

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authorities after keeping hdr daughter off school when shd

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complained of stomach pains. Today, she was told the case will go to

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court. I am dreading it. I have never been to court. I'm concerned

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about having a criminal record if convicted. I want to be a c`rer and

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if I do not have a good record I will not be able to.

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The school that she attends wasn't given the proper documentathon

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and unauthorised absences are against the law.

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short of money and short of credit on her phone at times. That can be

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embarrassing for a young mother to explain to a headteacher or

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assistant headteacher or person in authority at the school. Kerry has

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explained her lack of communication, as have we in a

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letter to the council. Kerry Capper was hoping

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to avoid prosecution with a meeting with

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a local councillor. But, all along, the city cotncil

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has said that she needs proof that her daughter was

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definitely ill on the seven days Birmingham City Council has

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confirmed that she will havd to appear here at the magistrates court

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on the 5th of September. Wh`tever the rights and wrongs of thd case,

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both sides agree that if fotnd guilty, she will not face a

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custodial sentence but rathdr a fine. But she will have to `ppear

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before the magistrates and dxplain herself.

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West Midlands Ambulance revdals there were hundreds of 999 calls

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Shefali's coming along with the weather forecast

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I at one small West Midlands rugby club with a waiting to greet some of

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the greatest players in the world. The Tigers burning bright

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as they hurtle headlong Specialist teams have spent

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the past few weeks making their way across Cannock Chase, sprayhng the

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bracken to keep it under control. The spray is not harmful to

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the wildlife, such as the dder, which help attract thousands

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of visitors to the area each year. But it is vital in protecting some

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of the unique qualities of the area. It is an ancient heathland `nd

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classed as an area of outst`nding natural beauty. But caring for it

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also involves controlling the landscape. That is why teams are out

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spraying bracken, which thrdatens to crowd out other wildlife. In the

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last 30 or 40 years, it has become very invasive. We want to gdt it

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under control to allow the other wildlife to thrive. Treating the

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bracken is part of a 10`year programme that has been approved by

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conservation experts. The spray being used only destroyed the

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bracken, it is harmless to other wildlife and there are no d`ngers to

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the thousands of summer vishtors here. What the visitors might not

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know is that this has historic importance. This area was where

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during World War I, trenches were dug to allow the Army to pr`ctice.

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What we have here is one of the trenches. If I get into it, it is

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about three feet deep. The reason it has survived so well is bec`use

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there has been such a good covering of bilberry here. The brackdn root

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system would have destroyed it. The bilberry and the removal of the

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bracken has reserved. It is vital work to protect and preservd this

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precious countryside. It really is a magnificent part of

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the world. Schools, universities and clubs

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across the Midlands have bedn chosen as bases for teams competing

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in next year's Rugby World Cup. The tournament's taking place

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in England and Wales and there are 20 teams

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in need of training facilithes is at Sutton Coldfield Rugbx Club

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this evening. Which teams are going to

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be training there, Ben? It will be Samoa and Romani` who are

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coming here to train and be based in September and October next xear

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They are not the only ones. There are five other locations in the West

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Midlands where they will host teams. The University of Birminghal will be

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the base for South Africa, the double world champions. St George's

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Park will host Ireland and Argentina. Argentina will also have

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a second base at Cheltenham rugby club. Japan will be based at Warwick

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School. One man is delighted by today's announcement. The chairman.

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What does this mean? It is lassive for the club. For a club like us to

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attract to international te`ms is massive. You were saying thhs is

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like Kidderminster or Nuneaton getting into the football World Cup.

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It issued for the town. It hs a whole town bid. We brought hn the

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College and the gym on site as well as the legislator. It will be `` as

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well as the leisure centre. We will be having a new floodlit pitch laid

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and we're looking at an invdstment of ?250,000. That speak the club

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captain. For you, having thd players of the standard of Samoa and

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Romania, what does it mean for you? It is fantastic for guys at our

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level. We are looking forward to the scrum for tickets, let alond the

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matches. It is going to be fantastic to get up close and personal. We

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have had our fair share of excitement. We had Barbados here

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over the summer and that has been great but comparatively, we're not

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in the same league as some hour `` as some Samoa. The club will not get

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any money for this but hopefully, it will build a club's reputathon.

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Football and it's the second round of the Capital One Cup tonight.

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Shrewsbury Town, Portvale, West Bromwich Albion

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Walsall, in fact, could be giant killers

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as they host troubled Premidr League side Crystal Palace.

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And you can follow how they all get on this evening,

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with updates and commentary on your local BBC radio station

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The new ice hockey season's just a couple of weeks away.

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And there's a fresh wave of optimism at the Telford Tigers.

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The club's been taken over by new owners

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and they've invested heavilx in a strong squad,

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who are aiming to win the Premier League.

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From Shropshire, Ian Winter reports.

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Look around the locker room and what do you see?

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Caged Tigers ` around two dozen of them `

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and launch an attack on the Premier League,

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because the new season is fast approaching.

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It is 26 years since Telford last won the league and the Tigers

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believe they can win it agahn. because head coach Tom Watkhns

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has been given the green light to strengthen his squad

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by the club's new owners. And that's why he's signed

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12 top`quality players, one of several full`time

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professionals in the Tigers squad. Everybody is upbeat. Some gtys have

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been here for a few years, dveryone is looking forward to the sdason.

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You want to close the gap and eliminate them.

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American coach Tim Branham normally works with the Utah Grizzlids,

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to pass on some of his expertise to the Tigdrs.

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Last season, they finished 6th and made the play`offs.

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But, this time round, expectations are much higher

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Give us your view of the st`ndard you have seen here. It is great

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There are a lot of good plaxers from goal is to defence, the forwards are

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very skilled, so it has been a really good experience. So what

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impact have a new owners made? Massive. The dressing room hs

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completely different, the ever structure around the club itself is

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improving massively. The te`m on the ice is going to be completely

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different from what it was previously. We will be a totgh team

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to beat. The collective noun

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for a group of these big cats No wonder the English Premidr

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League will beware of Telford. They're hotly tipped to win a clean

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sweep of silverware this se`son because, once they get

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their heads down on the ice, Having been to the wettest barbecue

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in world history yesterday, I do hope things are going to dry up

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a bit this week. I think we need a lie down `nd

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another holiday to get over it yesterday's terrible weather. We're

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not looking at anything so bad this week. It will be fairly unsdttled.

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It is becoming breezy and could be a touch warmer at times. It whll be

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this system that is the prelude to that. Because it is a warm

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formation, the temperatures will rise. It is bringing rain in for

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tomorrow evening and also for the start of Thursday. You can see it is

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attached to this deep area of low pressure centred over Scotl`nd by

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that time so the isobars around it will be fairly tightly packdd. That

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is what is leading to the breezy weather. For this evening and

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overnight, we are in the cldar. It is drying out and we're looking at

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the cloud breaking up nicelx. Tempted between nine and 10

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Celsius, and they could be so mist and fog developing as we go towards

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dawn. That will clear nicelx through tomorrow. Not a lot of sunshine to

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be had but gradually through the day the cloud will be thickening up from

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the South West ahead of this system I was talking about. Prior to that,

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temperatures will rise to 18`20dC, nudging up to those 20s. It is a

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warm day and it is going to be competing with those condithons from

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the south`east. Into tomorrow night, the rain moving in will be

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fragmenting. We cannot rule out the odd heavy burst. Underneath all of

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this, temperatures are down to between 14`15dC, it will be a warm

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night. That clears into Thursday. Friday is looking showery.

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The appalling sexual abuse suffered by nearly 1,500 children

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The UN calls for e`cigarettds to be banned in indoor public spaces

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A strain on the service, as West Midlands Ambulance reveals

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there were hundreds of 999 calls from just one address last xear

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And police across three counties to map out

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where controversial stop and search take place.

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

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and tonight's Capital One Cup results.

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