06/09/2014 Midlands Today


06/09/2014

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The number of people shopping on the high street has falldn

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But despite the slump, the British Retail Consortitm says

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the number of empty shops is at its lowest for three years.

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Laura May McMullan has been talking to traders in Newcastle`unddr`Lyme.

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Last year across the West Mhdlands there were over 34,500 new

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Joanne Clay's bridal and party wear shop was one of them.

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Since opening in December hdr business has grown rapidly.

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About 400 dresses sold so far already.

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So many brides, about 50 or 60 brides now.

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Joanne was one of the winners of a Dragon's Den style competition

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offering entrepreneurs their own shop rent free for six months and

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Natalie Davies is close to opening her art coffee shop, and despite

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I haven't for a second wavered in what I have wanted to do.

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I've just had to keep the bdlief that one day I'm going to gdt there.

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Over the year ?127,000 have been spent on improving the town centre.

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Last year in the area nearlx 3, 00 new businesses were created.

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The number of empty shops in Newcastle is still higher than

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We have just about 14%, which for us compared to last year

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which was roughly about 17%, it is a massive drop for us.

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One of the initiatives they're about to launch here is this Lyme card.

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Local shops pay ?50 a year to register and then offer discounts to

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It's hoped it'll also encourage more businesses to start up in the town.

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Two Staffordshire police officers were injured after a car collided

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with their patrol car on thd M6 Toll road during a high speed ch`se.

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The officers were pursuing `n MG ZR when the crash happened

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A 23`year`old man was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital

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The two officers were also taken to hospital.

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Their injuries are not thought to be serious.

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A 14`year`old boy has been released on police bail

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following the discovery of ` woman's body in a Smethwick street.

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A murder inquiry was launchdd after the 48`year`old woman was found dead

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West Midlands Police said the boy had been freed on conditional

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One of the Midlands' best known record

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dealers has started selling off his entire collection of 75 thotsand

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Dan Reddington ran Reddington's Rare Records in Birmingham until 200 .

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Today collectors from all over the world descended on his Redditch

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Discs worth far more than a pound were hidden in the collection.

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There is one in here which my grandson Harvey...

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It is a ten inch one which goes for ?100.

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If somebody finds that it is a ?100 record for a pound,

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In League One, leaders Peterborough beat Port Vale

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3`1 while Walsall are still looking for their first win after

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Onto League Two where Shrewsbury lost 2`0 at Hartlepool

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while Cheltenham are still tnbeaten following a nil`nil draw

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In the Conference, Telford continue to struggld, beaten

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4`1 at home to Dover, Kidderminster were 2`1 winners over Gateshead

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In rugby, Moseley began the new Championship season with

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Here's Kaye Forster with the details.

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If you got some brightness today you were doing quite well.

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Most of us have been stuck tnder a blanket of cloud, there h`ve been

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It is a much better picture for us tomorrow.

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It will stay dry throughout the day and there will be plenty

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We got some showers to get rid of first.

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They will clear their way southwards and eastwards tonight.

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These guys will clear behind them and we are starting to introduce

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some cooler air so it will be a little bit chillier than recent

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nights, with ticket temperatures down to single figures.

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Beutiful start to the day, blue skies for many of us.

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A little bit of fairweather cloud building up into the afternoon

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but we will stay dry and sunny well into the aftdrnoon.

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Temperatures will peak around 20 Celsius.

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Good evening. It was a mixed bag to start the weekend. The satellite

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sequence shows cloud across northern Scotland in the

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sequence shows cloud across northern low pressure and associated weather

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fronts

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