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again. Something to look forward to. That is all from the

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A world first ` surgeons in Birmingham develop

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a pioneering method of reviving a dying liver for transplant.

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The transplant coordinators explained to me beforehand the

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risks which were involved, but I had no choice.

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We find out exactly how a lhver that would have been unusable

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was kept healthy and given to a patient.

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but it's still tough going for businesses across Staffordshire

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You are giving your time and skills to set something up. But finance is

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virtually impossible. Last chance academy taking pupils

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who've been shown the door ` Salivating Salopians as Shrdwsbury

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fans drool over their stunnhng win at Premier League Leicester

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in the League Cup. And when

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an ex`hurricane comes calling, it's usually a signal to batten

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down the hatches but not thhs time ` better news all around this week

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but not without some minor hurdles. Surgeons in Birmingham

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have achieved a world first ` transplanting a liver

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they'd have previously rejected They used

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a new technique to revive the organ, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is

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one of the busiest in the country, performing 173 liver transplants

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last year. have had their lives

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transformed with a new liver. that's three times the level when

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the operation was first performed. Walsall businessman Satpal Lahal

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was very sick, weak, exhausted ` But, three weeks ago, surgeons

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at the Queen Elizabeth Hosphtal in Birmingham gave him a new one

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and a second chance. I feel like I have a new life now,

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thanks to this transplant. Ht has been very successful.

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Satpal's new liver came frol a patient 200 miles away `

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transplant organs arrive in an icebox

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Normally once removed from the donor,

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surgeons would have a four`hour window

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to transplant the liver into a patient before it becomes unusable.

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In this case, it took seven hours to get it to Birmingham

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and a further seven hours to revive the liver,

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assess its suitability and ready the patient for a nine`hour operation.

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So the liver has arrived at the hospital, it is placed in a

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reservoir on this machine which applies blood `` which supplies

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blood. There is a pub down below, all of which the little working

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again. `` there is a pump. `` which gets the liver working again.

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We will have more utility in transplants, to enable more

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transplant is to take place. Pretty percent of people waiting for a

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transplant die while waiting. `` 20%.

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Thanks for joining us this dvening here on Midlands Today.

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How ditching traditional floral beds in favour of wildflowers

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is saving council tax payers thousands of pounds.

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New figures have thrown doubt on the resilience of the recovery

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Many small companies have overstretched themselves,

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It's affecting business confidence in Stoke on Trent,

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where almost half of small and medium sized companies

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report what's been described as "significant financial distress .

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Here's our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper.

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Testing a new recipe at his home near Stafford.

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Amarpal Harrar set up his Indian cooking business ten months ago

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It's doing well, but starting out wasn't easx.

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It was very tough. No one w`nts to take a chance. You're giving your

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time and to set something up. But the finance is virtually impossible.

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and they're optimistic about the long`term prospects,

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despite the difficulties of launching a new venture.

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Long hours, longer than you think. Very tiring, very stressful.

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Exhausting. But lots of fun at the same time.

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But not every business has enjoyed success.

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This firm of financial experts

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has surveyed small and meditm sized businesses ` or SMES `

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and has found a rise in those facing debt problels.

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Because the banks are not gdared up now to lend to small businesses

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there is this lack of finance and what companies are doing is they are

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stretching in the days before they pay their suppliers and this is

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causing distress in the system. Although the wider UK

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economy's seeing a recovery, what more would this family firm

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like to see from government? We don't want grants, I am not

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looking for a hand`out. I'm looking for support in terms of raising

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capital so we can employ soleone, so we could grow as we would lhke to.

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This small business has enjoyed early success,

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but the next challenge will be to build on that

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and find the ingredients for longer`term growth.

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and businesses struggling to export more

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came under the spotlight in Warwickshire today.

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Outlining Labour's business strategy, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

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accused the Government of missing its own export t`rgets.

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And he told our political editor, Patrick Btrns

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that there'd be more support for business

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From the floor of the House to the shopfloor.

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Nuneaton Precisions, an engineering firm

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supplying the oil and nucle`r industries, employing 24 people

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Accompanied by Labour's candidate for Nuneaton, Vicky Fowler,

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Ed Balls came not just to celebrate Midlands successes,

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but also to warn the Governlent were failing on exports.

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It is a two prong message from the Shadow Chancellor,

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first of all that business would be safe in Labour's h`nds

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It is part of a charm offensive but, of course, with eight months to go

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to the general election, politics is never far away.

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So, in the Midlands' fourth most marginal Conservative seat,

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Mr Balls was aiming to engineer a new strategy for local industry,

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for more local firms to close the gap with our star performers.

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Here in the West Midlands, Jaguar, JCB,

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the West Midlands has bucked the trend.

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But, across the whole of thd UK our export performance

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You have criticised, of course, the decision by the present govdrnment

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to scrap the Regional Development Agencies but, if you talk to the

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Local Enterprise Partnerships, they say, "Look, we're working as teams

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"across regions and we are getting the investment going,

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"the results are here to be seen in the West Midlands."

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Enterprise Partnerships, we will back and support if we win the

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election next year but, frankly they don't have the resourcds or the

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power or the clout to reallx do the job.

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I am not saying go back to the RDAs, I am saying let's really go back

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and give more devolution, give more power to businessds

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around apprenticeships, transport, innovation.

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The number of young apprenthces under 25 has fallen since 2010.

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The Government say their economic plan is working,

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and they'll continue to monitor export performance

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in line with their policies to build on the recovery.

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Three men have appeared in court charged with two counts

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of attempted murder and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.

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It follows a disturbance between groups of men in Sp`rkbrook

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A 28`year`old man died after being stabbed.

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34`year`old Fazal Khan, Pierzada Khan, who's 32,

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will appear at Birmingham Crown Court next month.

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They call it the "Last`Chance Academy" `

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the school which aims to turn around the most unruly of ptpils.

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Baverstock School refuses to exclude disruptive children,

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instead trying to get them through their GCSEs.

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The Birmingham school is fe`tured on BBC Panorama tonight

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and our reporter, Ben Godfrdy, is there now.

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Some said they were completdly unteachable. The children in

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Birmingham that kept getting excluded from lots of schools. We

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are at Baverstock School. This sofa features heavily tonight, for all of

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the disputes and arguments between teachers and pupils. But thdy

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promise those peoples they could get five passing grades at GCSE and turn

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their lives. Let us speak to one boy who got his results from his

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teacher. Do you want to know your results? You got two Cs. Business

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studies, two Cs. That is six higher passes you have. You got an E in

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English, and F in maths. Ard you pleased? Yes. Good. I think it will

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sink in for him. This room has around 30 pupils, some who have been

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excluded from pupils and others who have been destructive in thhs

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school. Letters find out from the headteacher what is going on. How

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are you different? The studdnts that come in here are educated whthin the

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mainstream setting, so they come into this area, I have spechalist

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teachers and we find out about the student, so we personalise ht and

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make it individual to them. The students know they can go b`ck into

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the mainstream when it is rhght and be taught by the specialist teachers

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in English and maths and so on. Let us hear some of the personal

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stories. I spoke to Lauren `nd George. I have the proper stpport

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now because all of the teachers help me. They ask if I need help. I ended

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up getting seven GCSEs. I would not have got those if I had been kicked

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out. How are you able to do this when a lot of mainstream schools say

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they cannot do it? I had thd choice, I could either let these chhldren

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disrupt the education of others or exclude them. That was not ` choice.

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Are the children alienated here Or are they showing good behavhour The

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rest of the school, the restlts have gone up year`on`year. The students

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here know that the focus is on learning so that when you w`tch

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tonight on Panorama, you sed that learning. Just one result that

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Panorama than today, 146,000 peoples across the UK are getting excluded

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every yet and that will not happen here at the school. `` everx year.

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And you can see that Panorala Special, The Last Chance Ac`demy,

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A world first ` surgeons in Birmingham develop

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a pioneering method of reviving a dying liver for transplant.

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Your detailed weather forec`st to come shortly from Shefali.

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After Shrewsbury Town's heroics we find out if West but now `` West

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Bromwich Albion can manage the same. celebrate 40 years

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of Coventry's ring road. Employers are being urged to give

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prisoners a second chance The new Prisons Minister,

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Andrew Selous, praised companies who are

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providing training inside j`ils Sarah Falkland

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has been speaking to him and some of the inmates

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at Onley Prison near Rugby. I'm from Coventry and I'm in

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for three and half years One of the key drivers in changing

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people's behaviour is work. And when Mandeep Gill's reldased

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next summer, he'll take with him a forklhft

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licence and an IT qualification We are all being tarnished with the

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same brush. As soon as you see the criminal record, they won't want to

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know. But some employers do have faith

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that lives can be turned around This bike repair training unit at

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Onley is the first of its khnd. It's been set up in conjunction

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with high street giant Halfords Prisoners are often grateful to be

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given a second chance. Employers say that some of their ex`offender staff

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are the most loyal. They pldased with the prisoners they havd taken

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on. We have how `` we have several employers coming along to provide

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these jobs, which is in everyone's interest.

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Of 100,000 prisoners released last year,

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At Onley, that figure is one in three.

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You are contributing to the economy and not just relying on bendfits

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when you get out. Getting ott with employment is a big thing.

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to get work with companies offering training

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but at least the others have new skills.

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Whether they take it is their choice.

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Cutbacks are rarely popular but one money`saving

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idea tried out this summer in Shropshire has proved a hit.

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Telford and Wrekin Council slashed the money spent on formal floral

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displays by planting tens of thousands of wildflowers instead.

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And whether in a park or on a roundabout,

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At Dale End Park in Ironbridge Gorge,

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the latest wildflower displ`y in summer glory.

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These flowers are far easier to maintain, especially when

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compared to traditional beds which need constant attention.

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Once you have planted them, they look after themselves. They have

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come through well this year. It is a good time for them, with showers and

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sunshine. Telford and Wrekin council

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pioneered wildflower displaxs and now advise

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other local authorities. Ten of the area's roundabouts

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have been seeded, as well as village gateways

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and open spaces. It is roughly about a 20th of the

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cost. That enables us to do very big areas. We currently have about

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14,000 square metres throughout Telford. Here, next UI and bridge,

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their poppies `` Ironbridge, there are poppies to help the

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commemorations of the First World War. Beautiful, absolutely

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beautiful. Natural flowers, lovely. And the wildflowers can be sown

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with different seeds This variety at Mere Bank Roundabout

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is called the honey mix It is acting as a refuelling station

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for a number of insect speches that can then connect to other local

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major areas in the borough. `` other nature areas.

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In an age of ongoing cuts to council budgets,

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it's a way of saving money with little to lose and much to gain

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Onto football now and a stunning result

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for League Two Shrewsbury Town last night.

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They beat Premier League Lehcester City 1`0 away in the League Cup

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and they'll find out in just a few hours' time

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who they'll be playing in the next round.

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Meanwhile, Ian Winter is at the home of Burton Albion,

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who are also in League Cup `ction against top flight opposition.

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Why ever not? Burton Albion have made a flying start to life in

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league two. QPR made a slow start. First, forget Manchester Unhted

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there was only one shock result for the four fans to celebrate. `` for

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Shrewsbury Town fans to celdbrate. I was a sling to the radio `nd I

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heard my dad get very excitdd. His dad has just clocked up his 100

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tree game for Shrewsbury Town. `` for Luton town.

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He scores! The cup upset cotld be on. To bring a a league two club and

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beat a Premier League team, that is amazing. The result was somdthing

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amazing. A night to remember. 1 00 the Lee Biddle fans `` Shrewsbury

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Town fans went home celebrating That strike made it 1`1 agahnst

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Cardiff City. Walsall's dre`ms of defeating a Premier League team were

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cut short. Burton Albion, followed that. Let us

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talk to the chairman. Confident Certainly. We have done well in this

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competition. Last year, we came close to beating for them. `` to

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beating Fulham. You will have noted the dodgy defending at the weekend.

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Can you capitalise? We hope so. There is a gulf between the

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premiership and League Two. But we will see. You must be rubbing your

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hands into light `` in delight about the live TV coverage. We ard hoping

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to improve on last year's attendance. We hope they cole and

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support us. The hats some of the Derby supporters `` perhaps some of

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the Derby supporters who were disappointed, they could cole and

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support us. The first two ydars as a manager, he got to the semifinals

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last year and just missed ott. It is a strong squad of players hd has put

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together. Good luck indeed to Burton Albion. You can catch all of the

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goals on BBC One on the league cup show at 11:05pm tonight.

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There was a touch of the X Factor in Coventry today,

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as people queued to take part in a video celebrating something

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It's all to do with the 40th anniversary of the city's rhng road.

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And, appropriately, a cover version of Let's Go Round Again featuring

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Coventry band The Specials hs being released to mark the occasion.

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Recording an ode to a very special road.

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This is BBC Coventry Warwickshire's supergroup in action.

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Horace Panther and Neville Staples of The Specials

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and Breakfast presenter Shane O'Connor with

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their version of the Averagd White Band's Let's Go Round Again.

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It has been difficult, it h`s been demanding. It has been tiring, it

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has been really interesting to see what these guys do. Fantasthc. It

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has been a real experience! listeners got to hear it

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for the first time. Shortly afterwards, members of the

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public headed into the city centre It was fantastic. I have an affinity

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with both the ring road and The Specials and it was an opportunity

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to make a fool of myself. The song was catchy! It was fun. I would

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never normally do something like this.

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The ring road took 14 years to build and was completed in 0974

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These cabbies have got plenty of stories.

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What will happen usually is someone will pull up behind us with a look

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of fear, I cannot find their way out of town because they panic when they

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get to the junction. We tell them how to do it, which junction, where

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to head for and ten minutes later, they are back, having missed the

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junction. So let's go round

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and see for ourselves ` It is still a little scary sometimes

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but you get used to it. It should take us around fotr

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minutes to get round the whole city, But it's getting on and off again,

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criss`crossing between lanes, that makes lots of drivers `

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including me ` hold their breath! Love it or loathe it,

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these Coventrians, at least, plan on giving their ring road

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a birthday to remember. It's been looking a bit dark

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overhead round here this afternoon. Yes, the cloud has been building all

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day. But generally the weather is looking

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more promising. We have somd rain overnight during the week, leaving

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the daytime drive. It will be breezy but slightly warmer than recently.

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We are sucking up this warm air around us and it is a questhon of

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the shade of yellow we get. Darker yellow means warmer air. It is this

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system towards the North later tomorrow that will bring us close

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irritations in the form of rain and showers. It is an area of low

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pressure. The isobars tightdned bringing in wheezy conditions. Once

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that clears, we have an ex`hurricane affecting us over the weekend, which

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is not as ominous as it sounds. Things will settle down bags to the

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high pressure it brings in. `` thanks to the high pressure. Plenty

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of good weather to play for in the days ahead. Overnight, we h`ve this

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frontal system moving in from the south`west. That is why the cloud

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thickens up through the day. This will be fragmenting as it goes,

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moving north eastwards. Most of the rain will be light, just a view

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pulses of heavy rain from thme to time. We have all of this cloud and

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because of the warm air above us, you can see from those tempdratures,

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between 14 and 15 Celsius, ht is noticeably warmer. Tomorrow morning,

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the rain clears away from the north`eastern corner. We have some

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sunshine initially and then the cloud thickens a little bit in the

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afternoon is another frontal system which is in but it will onlx have a

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view showers along it. Most of those will be across the western half of

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the region. Plenty of dry wdather through the day. Temperaturds in

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spite of the cloud reaching 19 or 20 Celsius, but slightly breezx from

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the South. This pattern of showers will continue for the next few days

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that they'll be fewer and ftrther between so we will get some dry

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weather and warmer conditions, especially through the weekdnd.

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After the shock of the scald of the child abuse revealed in Rotherham,

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calls for those in charge to be held to account

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A report claims the current baby boom's creating so much dem`nd

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for school places that it's forcing councils to cut budgets elsdwhere.

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A world first ` surgeons in Birmingham develop

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a pioneering method of reviving a dying liver for transplant.

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but it's still tough going for many businesses.

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

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and results from the Capital One Cup.

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