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sledgehammers, at the end of last month ` but the store's owndr says

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he's had little support frol the police. Louisa Currie reports. With

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their faces masked, they were in and out in just 48 seconds, but for

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jewellery store owner John Davis it felt like a lifetime:

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Within two minutes it was chaos They were ruining my life in that

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short time. Sometimes I still do not believe it.

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The four men escaped with an estimated ?30,000 worth of stock `

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but it would have been far lore had this customer not intervened.

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I cannot explain why I did ht. As the last person left the shop I

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lunged at home. to be the most valuable, containing

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an estimated ?50,000 worth of stock ` including this ?8,500 dialond

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ring. John says he's only released

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the CCTV in the hope the gang can be Good to have you with us thhs

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here on Midlands Today. On the 30th anniversary

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of the groundbreaking discovery of DNA, experts on the vergd

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of another stunning developlent Hundreds of people lined

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the streets of Worcester today to see the fourth stage of the Tour

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of Britain cycle race. The dvent, which includes the former Tour de

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France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, is thought to have been worth at

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least half a million pounds to the local economy. The riders sdt off

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from Worcester at 11 o'clock, travelling through Evesham `nd

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Broadway before entering Gloucestershire, and finishhng in

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Bristol. Here's our Sports reporter Ian Winter. Team Sky is the hottest

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team on two wheels. Their attographs were much in demand. Their star

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rider is one of the most falous faces in world cycling. And this

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morning, Sir Bradley Wiggins was guaranteed the warmest of wdlcomes

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in Worcester. How much would it mean to do what he

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did last year? That Jura Brhtain is very important. `` the two of

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Britain. It is a fantastic place to have a bike race. They were all

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desperate for a glimpse of the latest gear and the fastest bikes.

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They get to catch up with all the other people. Attracting less

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attention. This team are colpeting in their first two of Britahn. What

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is the most enjoyable part of this stage? The last 200 metres. The city

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waves farewell to the Raiders. Destination Bristol. In the blink of

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an eye all 170 cyclists havd famished. `` all 170 cyclists have

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gone. Really has the High Street witnessed such a sporting fdast

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Fantastic. I did not expect it to be so busy. The atmosphere was some.

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Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish Give us a win if you would like to

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see this event return soon. couldn't really have gone any

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better, Ian? Bradley Wiggins finds himself 2

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seconds behind the leader. This has been a huge success. It has been a

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fantastic day for Worcestershire. The Tour de France received rave

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reviews in Yorkshire. How does this compare? The crowds on the hill

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climbs have matched the two advance. People have turned out in

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their tens of thousands. Yot always had the confidence to back this

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event. Does it raise awarendss of the county? It raises awareness It

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is estimated to have raised half ?1 million. We have waited six years

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products to come to this region do we have to meet another six years? I

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am confident we can celebrate again in three years time. It sounds like

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a resounding success. A 13 year old boy has been ordered

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to appear before Worcester Crown court to face charges connected to a

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knife attack at a school in Malvern. Two people were slightly injured,

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including a teacher at Chase School, during an inchdent

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on Monday morning. The teenager, who can't be named for

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legal reasons, has been rem`nded into a local authority children s

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unit until the 18th of Septdmber. The Scottish flag's being flown

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by a number of councils across the region in the run up to

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the referendum over independence The Saltire can be seen

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above the council houses in Stoke, Campaigning stepped up

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a gear today as the leaders of all the main parties

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in Westminster cleared their diaries And the Leader of Sandwell Council

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said he felt it was important to add I want to send a message to the

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people of Scotland. We want them to stay in the United Kingdom.

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All the latest polling suggdsts the vote will be very tight, but what

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impact could the result havd on people here in the Midlands? One

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whisky distributor says he's concerned about what a yes vote will

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mean for consumers. He spokd to Joanne Writtle, as she gaugdd

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reaction from those for and against an independent Scotland.

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Scotland is famous for its whisky. It's distributed all over the world,

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some of it ending up here, hn Leamington Spa, in the hands of

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whisky consultant Matt Swift. As the referendum on Scottish independence

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looms, he fears a yes vote could lead to an increase in dutids. Matt

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My concerns are the tax and duty implications.

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supplies restaurants and bars with top shelf whiskies. But if he's

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right about price rises, both he and licensees like Helen Wild mhght

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start looking elsewhere for their supplies.

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figures there are about 750,000 people born in Scotland livhng south

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of the border. That's more than the population of Edinburgh or Glasgow.

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And here in picturesque Henley in Arden there's a Scotsman who's keen

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to see his homeland go it alone Brian Reilly moved away frol the

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west of Scotland 14 years ago. But he's passionate about his roots He

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wants independence, and it's a strong talking point among his large

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The author generation Arleigh Burke people. The younger generathon are

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looking to the future. `` the older generation are Labour peopld. Is it

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frustrating that you do not have a vote? Slightly frustrating hn that I

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am very interested in the vote. I think it is fair that peopld in

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Scotland get the vote. campaigning goes on. And cole

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September 18th, voters will decide. But whatever happens Scotland's most

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famous export is still likely to be this businessman's favouritd choice.

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And there's more about the hmpact the referendum could have in the

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Midlands from our Political Editor Hundreds line the streets as Tour

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of Britain cyclists speed through As the late summer sunshine

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continues, we'll have your detailed Hi, I'm Bob,

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join me later on Midlands Today to find out how me and the rest

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of my robot friends could one day I will be at the premier of a new

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film which features the amazing life of a man from Newcastle.

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Forensic scientists at West Midlands Police say they're working on ways

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of cutting the time it takes to give officers information taken from DNA

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evidence from five days to `round an hour. Today's an important

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anniversary ` it's exactly 30 years since DNA profiling was devdloped

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here in the Midlands. Our special correspondent Peter Wilson has been

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finding out more. At the forensic labs in Birlingham

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the West Midlands police te`ms are examining evidence found at dozens

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of cime scenes. Looking for finger prints. CCTV. DNA. 30 years on from

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the discovery of the crimefhghting tool, advances are still behng made.

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We have gone from obtaining a DNA profile from a stain the size of a

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Hundreds of high profile murders have been cleared over the last 30

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years thanks to DNA profiling. On New Years Eve 1996 17`year`old

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Nicola Dixon was murdered in Sutton Coldfield.

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Banks to DNA the family werd given justice. `` because of DNA.

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to convict Colin Waite ` his DNA profile meant there was 1 in a

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billion chance that someone else had carried out the murder. DNA

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identifies variations in each human retrieved from hair, saliva and

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blood that makes each one of us unique. But the police teams here

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The impact would be to bring offenders to justice more swiftly.

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DNA has proved people innocent as wdll as

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guilty. Giving detectives DNA hits almost from the crime scene could

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mean some criminals being arrested red handed.

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Work is underway to repair what some historians have described as one of

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the finest buildings in the Midlands. Beauchamp Chapel hn

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Warwick dates back to the 14th century. It was built to honour a

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man who was the richest in the country at the time. In the latest

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in our series on crumbling buildings, Bob Hockenhull rdports on

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the mission to save an archhtectural masterpiece.

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St Mary's Church in Warwick. Within its walls lies one of the greatest

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medieval chapels in Europe. When the richest man in the country Richard

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Beauchamp died in 1439, he wanted his fortune to be spent on creating

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this finery. But now it's all under threat.

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300 halls of beheading if I do. `` 300 halls have been identifhed.

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badly eroded too. ?1 million has been raised for these repairs. But

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another ?1 million is needed to restore the chapel completely. The

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problem's been compounded bx shoddy repairs in the past. So where

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is the other ?1 million needed for the restoration coming from? Nobody

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knows yet. But the town's MP, who worships here, believes it would be

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disastrous if Beauchamp Chapel was allowed to crumble.

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This Church symbolises the history of Warwick. The battles and the

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intrigues. In a sense it represents vanity

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Richard Beauchamp donated hhs vast buy his way into heaven. In doing so

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he's left the church with both a The best artists of the timd puts

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their work into the chapel. to preserve all this beauty is

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available. Now all that's ndeded is Not many of us can claim to

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have had a life that's exciting But Neil Baldwin

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from Newcastle`under`Lyme c`n ` and the premiere of Marvellous,

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based on his life, is taking place You might know him better

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as "Nello". He's 68

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and he's been a familiar figure Our reporter Elizabeth Glinka is

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at the red carpet launch Yes they have. Tonight 's event is

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about the film Marvellous, which will be broadcast on BBC Two later

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in the year. He has been a fixture on this university campus for many

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years. But he has never been a student here. He counts celdbrities

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amongst his friends. Prince Edward, Prince Charles. As a shy tednager he

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began visiting the campus. If he says he knows somebodx, he

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more than likely has. Assessed as having special needs as a child his

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story reached the national press in 2010. Marvellous recounts m`ny of

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the surprising events in his life. How do you do it? How do yot stay

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positive? I always wanted to be happy, so I decided to be. He also

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has a passion for music. Frhends from the local choir also fdature in

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the film. I felt that I had achieved something. I am very excited. I

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joined by the star of the fhlm and also by the director. What did you

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make of the script when you first read it? I could believe it. I could

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not believe it was set in and around the Stoke City. I have been a

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lifelong Stoke City supportdr. The script works because it is

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quintessentially revealed. The events that happened are marvellous,

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but they are not incredible. What was it like being watched bx Henman?

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`` by him. He was like a Gu`rdian angel to the set. Is there ` message

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to this film? It is an optilistic message. You can make things happen.

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If you expect people to say yes they generally do. The premher will

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get under way shortly. The rest of us can see it on September the 5th.

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There's been a big focus on robots today ` however wdird `

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at the 175th British Sciencd Festival in Birmingham.

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The festival first visited the city way back in 1839 and everyone from

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Charles Darwin to Professor Brian Cox has taken part over the years.

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All the talk today has been on ways robots might one dax make

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their way into our workplacd and even the classroom.

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Here's our Science Correspondent David Gregory`Kumar.

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But are they ready to gradu`te from the lab and enter the workplace

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Robots on a production line are often inside a safety cage.

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Researchers now based on having them interact with us.

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Stevie the geography teaching robot will be on trial in Mhdlands

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Children enjoy robots. Robots are an additional tool. An additional tool

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Bob the security robot has `lready been spotted patrolling

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And even if you won't see the robots themselves

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in an office or school near you you may well find the technologx they

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A car has been launched that recognises road signs. For ` moment

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your car is becoming autonolous There are lots of little thhngs in

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There's more good news for fans of Coventry City football club.

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Just days after their return to the Ricoh Arena the club has

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announced that manager Stevdn Pressley has signed a new contract.

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The Scot has agreed a four year deal.

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Pressley had been linked with a number

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Another manager staying in the Midlands is

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He's turned down an approach by Championship side Blackpool.

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It is the West that will be the best for the sunshine and the East less

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so. We are seeing pleasant sunshine even in the East of the reghon. The

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sunshine is turning easy through the day. With high pressure across the

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rest of the week it will be dry More of this very pleasant dry

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weather to come. Clear skies being taken over by Chloe dear onds. ``

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being taken over by cloudy skies. There could be marking us tomorrow

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morning. The sunshine will start streaming through. In the afternoon

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clouds will come through from the East. It will be cooler tomorrow.

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More cloud tomorrow night starting to filter through. Reasonably mild

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in towns and cities. Meanwhile, it's magnificent weather

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for the closing stages of the cricket season. Well done this

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evening to Jonathan Trott and teenager Sam Hain of Warwickshire in

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a stand of over 200 against Northants at Edgbaston.

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Finally, there's just time to wish our competitors good luck in the

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Invictus Games. The event, which is being championed by Prince Harry, is

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bringing together injured sdrvicemen and women from 13 nations. Our

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Midlands athletes include Clive Smith. He'll be competing in the

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cycling after being injured in Afghanistan. Everything is

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short`term, but that has given me a bit of focus. The headlines.

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David Cameron makes a direct appeal to the people of Scotland not to

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His message is backed by Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.

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Smash and grab caught on calera but an intrepid customer stdpped

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in and snatched loot worth ?50, 00 back from the armed robbers.

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