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sunshine but the risk of a shower later this weekend. Thank you. That

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is However good the unit is, they

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cannot resuscitate a dead m`n. The plans would mean just one

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accident and emergency unit 15 years to clear his name,

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the lorry driver who was arrested in Italy for having illegal

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immigrants in his truck. I knew I was innocent,

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that's what it was in here. A coroner rules a seven`year`old

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girl's death was preventabld, Not wanted at Manchester Unhted

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Tom Cleverley hopes And it was half and half today,

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with the best of the sunshine Those boundaries may be shifting

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for the remainder of the wedk. Find out how it'll effect you

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in the forecast later. Good evening.

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Campaigners fighting against plans to reorganise healthcare

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across Shropshire are holding NHS bosses want to have just one

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accident and emergency unit Elsewhere in the Midlands,

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Stafford's A unit is only open between eight

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in the morning till ten at night. In Redditch, there's concern over

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plans to downgrade services at the Alexandra hospital

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and move them to Worcester. And in Sutton Coldfield, general,

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trauma and orthopaedic surgdry could Making jam. This man arrived in

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hospital with blood so seven it would not clock. I'm now Ikd came

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very close to dying. I would not have made it if I had to go to

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Telford. This, believe plachng and A industries very is obvious. If

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they have got to do the extra 2 minutes, it is going to put a lot of

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strain on, I would have thotght A children and maternity unit has just

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opened at princes Royal, and normally, commissions would have

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want this worker would have wanted an emergency surgery alongshde.

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Patients often have a Ashok wrote some patients from Wales have to

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travel 70 miles `` some pathents from Wales have to travel 70 miles.

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The only decision made so f`r with the blessing of doctors is that

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there should be just one A We have to go through a process of

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drawing up options, and those will include the possibility of

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Shrewsbury to remain a centre. With the County Public Hospital running a

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?15 million deficit, somethhng must be done, but this bubble believes it

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could be a matter of life and death. A coroner has ruled that thdre were

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"missed opportunities" treating a seven`year`old girl who died

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after contracting croup . seven`year`old girl who died

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after contracting croup. Evelyn Smith's parents sought

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medical help on three occashons The coroner has said

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the death was preventable. As Joan Cummins reports, Evdlyn s

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parents now want assurances that the She was very full of life. She loved

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performing and she loved ballet She always wanted everyone to join in

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the fund. On the 13th of September last year, this seven`year`old girl

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died after contracting a respiratory infection brought on by. Shd went to

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bed, but at two o'clock in the morning, I was woken by her bursting

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into the bedroom saying, I cannot read. Over the next 36 hours, her

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father sought `` family sought medical attention on three separate

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occasions, it including a A department and GP surgery. H thought

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I had the medication that she needed. I brought her home, went to

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get the prescription, and then an hour later she died. NHS England

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issued a statement on behalf of the GP surgery, where they offered their

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sympathies to the family and said that staff here did the best to

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treat the girl but acknowledged that opportunities had been missdd. They

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say that now GPs in the are` will be reminded of the potential d`ngers of

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croup. So in the statement from the south Warwickshire NHS Trust it says

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that she died from a very r`re condition that affects one hn a

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million people, which was m`sked by common symptoms that were

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appropriately treated by doctors in A When you hear that statement,

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how does it make you feel? H just feel that that is an incredhble

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statement in view of what the coroner said. Although nothhng will

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make up for the loss of thehr daughter, the Smith family hope by

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speaking to the BBC, other parents will be more aware of the d`ngers of

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won. `` of a croup. Changes to the level of service at any possible ``

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hospital is unpopular of cotrse but what are the reasons? The fhrst one

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is finances, running two hospitals is always expensive, and we are in

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a. Of severe financial rushdr. `` we are in a time of severe fin`ncial

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pressure. There is a feeling that if you concentrate people together in

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one site you can produce better care. I am joined by Jill Gdorge,

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who started this campaign to maintain services in Shropshire No

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decision has been made. You are scaremongering, aren't you? No. We

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are very clear that the dechsion has been taken and it has been taken

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behind closed doors. The NHS bosses tell us that no decision has been

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taken and I think they are being economical with the truth, `nd what

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they are proposing is in thd small print of their own documents, when

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you read these things careftlly it is about closing the A in

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Shropshire, and that is thehr decision. I hear what you are

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saying, that you are an inddpendent organisation, but there seels to be

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a lot of union involvement hn this. We are very proud to have unions as

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part of the campaign. Why wouldn't we be? We are aiming to build a rod

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`based campaign to defend the NHS and we are very clear that dveryone

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needs the NHS, unless you are super rich. We will bring you the events

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that will happen later on at the leaders.

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We'll be talking to Jordannd Whiley after winning all four major tennis

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The Italian authorities havd dropped their case against a Staffordshire

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lorry driver, 15 years after he was arrested for having illegal

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Michael Mullen has spent his life savings trying to clear

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his name, after four Kosovans were found concealed in the vehicle.

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It comes as authorities across Europe are warning

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the number of migrants taking risks to hide themselves is on thd rise.

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War and poverty is driving incrdasing

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And it is lorry drivers who face prosecution when they do.

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In 1999, Michael Mullen spent 1 days in an Italian jail bec`use

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despite making regular checks, four refugees were found in his truck

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I open the truck every mornhng and checked the truck and drive on. I

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hundred percent I had done nothing wrong. That is what kept me going.

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`` I knew 100%. At this training centre in Fradley,

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they try to educate drivers They can be found in very compact

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spaces. There are lots of places lower down where they can try and

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be, aren't they? Yes. As we move back along the vehicle, we have the

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space here between the rails. There are gaps and spaces that thd person

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can squeeze in between. If xou were on something like that, that is

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incredibly dangerous, isn't it? They would either tie themselves into

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position so they do not follow, or they would try and hang on for a

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short time. Under current legislation, ht is

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drivers who are responsible if people are found on their vdhicles,

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but under here you can see just how many places there are to hide

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and why that job is so diffhcult. People great initiative and hiding

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under the vehicles, so the driver has got to do the best he c`n. This

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dangerous game of cat and mouse seems set to continue.

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A 13`year`old boy is appeardd in court charged with murdering

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47`year`old Glynis Bensley died from a head injury after shd was

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The teenager, who can't be named for legal reasons, appeared

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He was remanded in custody to appear at

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The government is to spend over ?14 million on road improvements

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in Walsall as part of efforts to create new jobs.

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The aim is to improve access to sites in the Darlaston area

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which could be developed to provide future employment.

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The full cost of the project is put at almost ?26 million.

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Work is due to start this month and carry on until 2016.

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We're joined by Grand Slam tennis champion Jordanne Whhley

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I'll be chatting to her in a minute but first, let's take

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Jordanne first picked up a tennis racket at the age of three.

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Born with brittle bone dise`se, she's broken her legs

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At the age of 14, she won the British national women's

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title before going on to claim a Paralympic bronze

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But this year has been her most successful.

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Along with her doubles partner, Yui Kamiji, she achieved

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a calendar Grand Slam by winning the Australian Open in Janu`ry, the

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French Open in June, Wimbledon in July and the US Open last wdekend.

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Congratulations, the first British player to complete

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It means the world to me. I cannot believe that I would have m`de

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history. It is still sinking in When we spoke after you'd won

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your Wimbledon title, you were hesitant about whether

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you'd complete the Grand Sl`m. It is a lot of pressure for any

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athletes to hold on their shoulders. I knew going into the match that

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this is possibly the biggest match of my career. It is hard not to

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think about the win, but yot have to think about the journey to the wind

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instead, which is hard, trust me, but we managed to do it and I am so

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pleased. I have spoken to other athletes who say that you h`ve to

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take it point by point. You really have to, because you can lose focus.

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I hope it will raise the profile of wheelchair tennis because it is not

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on the map and it should be. We compete at just such a high level. I

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am hoping that my success whll make me a face for the sport and people

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can recognise me and come and support me and the other athletes.

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Why'd you think it is not on the map? I think the media focuses

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little bit more on other sports I am not sure why. Tennis is such a

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big sport in Britain, so whx should wheelchair tennis I be out there?

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You think about the love for tennis in this country, particularly

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Wimbledon, and I was there this year, and seeing the crowds around

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the courts when you were pl`ying, they were fantastic, but it is a

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shame that that does not happen the rest of the year. My social media

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sites are going crazy. They want to see tennis `` wheelchair tennis and

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they want to see me in action. What about the financial side? When we

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think of people who play sports for a living, people think it is

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terribly glamourous and rew`rding financially, but there is a big gap

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between the tennis tour and/or prize money. Yes, that is due to the media

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and wheelchair tennis is not featured anywhere apart frol the red

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button, which affects our prize money. I am hoping we can ptt

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wheelchair tennis on the map because it can be an expensive sport. I am

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lucky to have a few sponsors, because without them, I would not be

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anywhere. What is next? Your account down to Rio and the Olympics? Yes,

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that is the big goal. Everything I do from now on will be or Rho. It is

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great to see you. Many congratulations. I that your family

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is very proud. Thank you. `` Ibex. `` I bet your family is verx proud.

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Claims from campaigners fighting changes to the NHS in Shropshire.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly.

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How a resurgence in the poptlarity of real ale is propping up our pubs.

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The target to raise ?2.75 mhllion to save the Wedgewood collection.

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If you've ever been to the Herefordshire market town

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of Ledbury, you'll know that it s not short on historic buildhngs

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Six of them, said to be facing an uncert`in

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future, have been chosen as part of a pilot project to securd ?2

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The idea is that they're preserved and given new purpose

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A market town on the sunny side of the Malverns.

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There's Tudor heritage at every turn.

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Its timber frames, not always in fashion,

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lend the town a charm and antiquity that draws visitors from af`r.

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Many of these buildings havd been lying empty for decades and they

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need a whole lot more than ` lick of paint.

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That was the library which is mock Tudor.

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The building which houses the heritage centre is

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most definitely the real thhng and is in danger of splitting into two.

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Something needs to be done and urgently.

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A swanky architect's fly through is part of the bid to get fundhng

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for six public buildings including the town's famous market hotse.

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It is important to keep these buildings in community use `nd

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community ownership and there is a danger that there won't be the

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funding in the future to sustain these very expensive buildings and

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they will be lost. As with many lottery bids,

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to succeed, the Ledbury project will have to prove all the buildings

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are as accessible as possible. Which raises a contentious hssue for

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this building in particular, the market house. There is even talk of

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a glass elevator. I think, for this building, it would actually ruin

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this beautiful building. Thdre are not many of these in the UK. It

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would just destroy the whold concept of the building. It is a sm`ll

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section of a modernization hn a very old building. I think it wotld be a

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good idea because there are quite a lot of elderly people about.

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The town will know in January if it's won the ?2 million.

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I cannot see that national government would want us to fail at

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the first hurdle. I hope th`t is the case, anyway.

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There's currently a 7,000 strong petition in Ledbury against

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the proposed lift in the market house, with some residents `lso

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concerned about changing thd use of some of the historic buildings.

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Aston Villa's new signing Tom Cleverley has been speaking to the

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media for the first time since his move from Manchester United today.

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The midfielder, who's played for England 13 times, has rdceived

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a lot of criticism from football fans over the last few months.

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As Ben Sidwell reports, he's hoping to prove many people wrong.

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Tom Cleverley knows what it's like to score at Villa Park.

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In fact his one league goal last season came against his new team.

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I have played at the park m`ny times and they enjoy it. Great pitch,

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great fans, a good and exciting team.

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Told he was surplus to requhrements at Manchester United,

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Cleverley officially joined Villa on loan 16 hours

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Although the deal almost fell through with rumours of

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That is not the case. My agdnt got a big a stick of me and the m`nager.

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He is a top player. If he does what `` bit of

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He is a top player. If he does what he does that I will be happx. ``

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Despite being an England international,

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Cleverley has recently becole the target for abuse from football

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As long as Manchester United are out winning trophies, players whll get

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criticised. I am fully award of that, but I still have a le`gue

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title, and you don't not pl`yed because someone says somethhng to

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you. debut in a Villa shirt on S`turday

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at Liverpool. The Art Fund says its campahgn to

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save the Wedgwood Museum has got The collection must be sold because

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of a pension fund debt, which arose A public appeal was launched last

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week and a quarter of donathons Here's our Staffordshire

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reporter Liz Copper. ordinary craftsmen, from thd area,

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and that is why you do the job. It is our legacy for the futurd. This

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woman has worked at Wedgwood 43 years and is equally passionate

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about the need say the colldction for the nation. It is where we came

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from. Things have changed over the years. That

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Thank you very much. `` brighter for the weekend. A leading Birmhngham

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doctor has gone on trial for sexually abusing ten women while

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pretending to treat them. Hd denies 14 counts of sexual assault. A trial

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is expected to last up to fhve weeks.

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A sculpture which could be worth millions was removed by new owners

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of a centre in June. The issue was raised in the Commons earlidr by a

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Wolverhampton MP. The leader of the house said it would be posshble to

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protect the sculpture. It is possible for protection to be

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offered to such sculptures, and he might seek a debate on the wider

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issues of protecting our cultural landmarks, but I am sure th`t my

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ministerial colleagues would also be pleased to meet him to disctss what

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can be done to help his campaign to save this particular sculpttre for

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the future enjoyment of his constituents and many visitors to

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Wolverhampton. The Tour of Britain is about to have brought more than

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half ?1 million of revenue to worse to share. The fourth stage of the

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tour was held in the county yesterday. Tens of thousands of

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people turned out to watch the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins race.

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New warnings over the potential price of independence,

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but Alex Salmond accuses the Westminster government

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A sobbing Oscar Pistorius is told by the judge he is not guilty

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of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but he'll return to court

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for the final verdicts tomorrow and could still face years hn jail.

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Claims from campaigners fighting changes to A in Shropshird.

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And 15 years to clear his n`me, the lorry driver who was arrested

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in Italy for having illegal immigrants in his truck.

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I'll be back at ten o'clock with the outcome of that public leeting.

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