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A family's search for answers, eight year after their son died

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after being sent home from hospital with a ruptured spleen.

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We'll be reporting live from the inquest.

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Shock claims that 95% of sexual offences on buses go unreported

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Just the ticket for commuters in Shropshire, as Virgin get

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the go`ahead to start direct train services from Shrewsbury to London.

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Stars on the red carpet as the new series of Peaky Blinders gets

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Like clockwork, autumn arrives and the temperatures ease down ` notch.

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A fresher, cooler week ahead, but bathed in glowing sunshhne.

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If there are any glitches, H'll be telling you about them l`ter

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Eight years after he died, a couple are hoping that a new

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inquest will reveal the truth about the treatment of their 20`ydar`old

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John Moore`Robinson went to Stafford A on 1st April 2006

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He'd suffered a ruptured spleen but it wasn't diagnosed.

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He was discharged and died the next day.

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An inquest into his death w`s held a year later.

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But, last August, the verdict in that inquest was quashed

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Michele Paduano has been at the Coroner's Court in Leicdster.

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It reads like a film script, a second inquest last year interrupted

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because new witnesses had bden found. John Moore`Robinson's father

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is hoping this time he will finally get the whole truth. To losd a child

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is life changing. We have to travel this road to find the truth. We owe

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that to John. It needs to bd done. It has been done, all but the final

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day. He had fallen off his lountain bike. Despite paramedics suggesting

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he had life`threatening injtries he was discharged from Stafford

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Hospital. His family arrived today to hear from a junior doctor who

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examined him. He accepted whth hindsight that John

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Moore`Robinson's observations were not normal and his two should have

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seen them sooner. He was asked if he had carried out a full investigation

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at the time. He said, I think that I did. When asked that that w`s

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reflected in the notes, you he said it is lacking from a documentation

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at the time. It is not something I am proud of. Last year we

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interviewed one of the new once witnesses to come forward. He said

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they were pressurised to relove patients from AMD. We didn't have

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bricks. `` Breaks. A matron said that staff

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should have recognised his hnjuries and kept him in hospital ovdrnight.

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Well, Michele is in Leicester this evening.

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This inquest is due to last five days, Michele.

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Who will the coroner be hearing from?

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We are expecting to hear from the person who wrote the report that was

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so critical of the hospital back in 2,000 and `` 2007. This is the first

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opportunity he has had to s`y in a public arena exactly what hd felt

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about the issues that took place that day. Then there will bd a

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series of accident and emergency experts who will look at thd wider

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scheme of things. The issue here is for the family, they want to get to

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the truth. The NHS has to rdalise that this had been dealt with

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properly in the first place, all the problems with Stafford Hosphtal not

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have happened. Good to have you with us thhs

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evening here on Midlands Today. Why protesters joined a march

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in support of an education centre It is believed that over 95$

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of sexual offences committed on public transport in the

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West Midlands go unreported. The figure comes from West Lidlands

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Police, who have begun a calpaign called Project Empower to t`rget

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offenders and help passengers understand when they've been

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the victim of a sexual assatlt. It was during a regular journey that

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a woman we are calling Katid was sexually assaulted. I kept trying to

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move my legs away but he was a lot bigger than me. He kept tryhng to

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put his arm around me. I kept moving away. Then he asked me to ghve him a

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kiss. I kept moving my head. He kept doing it and I moving my he`d. Katie

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called the police as soon as she got off the bus but understand that

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people are reluctant to do so. We know that these offences ard

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occurring at a regular basis. We believe that less than 5% rdported

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to us. Of the a sexual offence on public transport, some of the

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offences are very common. I suspect we'll get onto a bus where there are

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empty seats but will choose to set beside a lone female passenger. They

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described being almost pinndd against the window. They talk about

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not being able to move. Would female students go to the police if they

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were treated inappropriatelx? Nothing would be done. It h`ppened

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so often. I don't think ( nhce that, but it happened so often thdy would

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just brush it off. Police are now going on public transport to tell

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people to call 999. With caleras across the transport network, CCTV

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can be retrieved weeks after an incident so when Katie went to the

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police suspect was identifidd, arrested and charged.

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You can see more on that on Inside Out tonight at 7.30 here on BBC .

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A suspected illegal immigrant has been discovered clinging to

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the bottom of a coach carrying school pupils

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The 35`year`old from Sudan was arrested as the party

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arrived at Perry Beeches Ac`demy in Great Barr late on Saturday.

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He had been hanging onto the axle for 250 miles.

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He's been detained on suspicion of immigration offences.

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The mobile phone operator ed is to buy 58 stores from the Staffordshire

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company Phones 4U, which fell into administration last wedk.

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The deal means the jobs of 359 shop staff will be s`ved

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However, thousands of posts remain at risk at Phones 4U, which had

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operated more than 700 outldts and had more than 5,500 staff.

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A fire which broke out at the site of an old school campus

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in Wolverhampton last night was started deliberately.

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Around 30 firefighters tackled the blaze in the dining hall and kitchen

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The building had been due for demolition.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company is to receive ?1.5 million

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from the Government to translate the Bard's work into Mandarhn.

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It's also been granted a further ?300,00 to help ftnd

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The Culture Secretary says creating stronger links with China is a top

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priority for the Government and it will help boost visitor numbers

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Virgin Trains have been givdn permission to run a direct rail

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It follows a long campaign to restore the route after Wrexham and

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Virgin's application was given approval earlier today by the Office

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It now plans to start trains running in December.

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Our Transport Correspondent, Peter Plisner, is with me now.

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Peter, its great news, but we've been here before haven't we?

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This is now the fourth attelpt to make money running trains

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Before rail privatisation, British Rail used to run tr`ins to

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the capital, but that service ended in 1892.

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Soon after the railways went private

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Virgin launched a new service, but, within a couple of years,

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that stopped too, with the company claiming it just wasn't viable.

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Then, in 2008, came the Wrexham and Shropshire service, which sadly

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suffered during the recession and the last train ran in January 2 11.

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So, what makes this service different from the others?

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A question we put to Virgin earlier today.

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We can run our trains directly through from Shrewsbury to London

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without the need to attach `n electric locomotive. We can run the

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trains at The Times that will be popular. If you live in Shrdwsbury

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or coming up to visit the thme from London, you will have a track times

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which means that the trains are well filled.

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What are the timings of the new services?

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The new service is set to bdgin on 14th December this year.

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There will be two trains per day in each direction.

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To London, there'll be a peak time departure at 6.39am

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It is due to stop at Wellington and Telford.

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When it reaches Wolverhampton, it will become

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a normal service to London, stopping in the usual places.

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There will also be an off`pdak service leaving Shrewsbury `t just

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The two trains from London will be at around

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What has the Shropshire bushness community said about today's news?

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Not surprisingly, they've welcomed it.

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This latest service comes after a long campaign by many

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businesses who have always lade it clear that Shropshire is ond of

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the only counties in England without a direct rail service to London

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But, like before, this will be viewed

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Unlike other routes, there will be no Government handouts

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to help run the trains, so the service needs to attract

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passengers and make money, otherwise this could be another one that gets

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The future of a training centre for youngsters with learning

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difficulties in Warwickshird will be decided this week.

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The County Council say, with "shrinking resources",

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they have to consider how training can be delivered in a

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But campaigners maintain the most vulnerable youngstdrs are

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Michael dreams of being a mdchanic or an engineer. He has struggled in

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mainstream schools that belheves specialist vocational units like

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this centre in Nuneaton havd turned his life around. I find the

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opportunities very useful. They help people out in ways that othdr

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centres probably don't. Thex help students who have been thrown out of

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other schools. Other training providers would just say th`t we can

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handle them if you have been thrown out of schools. The Academy caters

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for teenagers with special educational needs. The head is angry

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that this service is not under threat. These are the most

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vulnerable learners in the county. If they have vocational trahning

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they have an opportunity of finding work. If they are not given this

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sort of training they will be unemployed and unemployable.

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Protesters took to the stredts to object to the potential closure of

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the centre and to present a 170 name petition urging councillors to

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think carefully. Times have not changed for the young peopld. They

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want to come and get some b`sic support from the centre and the

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smaller organisations, and that can be a springboard to go on to

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college. They are ripping the heart out of the young people to lake

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their own decisions and havhng the decisions made for them. Thdre may

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not be dozens of people on this march but what campaigners say is

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the opportunities Centre helps some of the most vulnerable youngsters in

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society and enabled them to have a future. I think they were bding put

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on the scrapheap. Without this bridge between school and college,

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these children would stand ` chance. The County Council will deb`te

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future of the on Thursday. Sent home from hospital with

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a ruptured spleen ` an inquest is told how a 20`year`old

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man died after a cycling accident. We have

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your detailed weather forec`st to IM live in it and to meet the Mayor

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and his sporting guests who struck gold in the Black Country.

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How the fledgling Black Country Orchestra has managed to te`m up

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with an award`winning composer who has written scores for films such

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Did you get hooked on the drama series Peaky Blinders

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I certainly did, and fellow fans were in for a treat

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last night as the world preliere took place of the new series.

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The story is based on a real`life gang in Birmingham in the l`te

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Stars of the show came to the citx last

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For one local actor, it was a first time experience in lore ways

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than one, as our Arts Reporter Satnam Rana has been finding out.

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Birmingham?s Broad Street h`s a red carpet.

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Fans and stars of BBC gangster drama Peaky Blinders here for

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I play a very complicated character. It is exhausting playing hil,

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actually. I love it, so I fdel privileged. What about the haircut?

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Yes, that is another issue. I wouldn't recommend it.

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But for this young man from Birmingham,

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He plays Finn, the youngest Shelby sibling,

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and was cast from open auditions in the city earlier this ye`r.

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I have never done autographs before, it is quite overwhelming! It

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is overwhelming. Away from the red carpet,

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this is the everyday realitx From homework on

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a trailer to waiting for yotr call. GCSE revision is the norm, but for a

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few months acting professionally is an ambition fulfilled.

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But this teenager is as cool as a cucumber,

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When I was younger I thought I want to be an actor. Now it is h`ppening,

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it has just about sunk in. Ht is a dream come true.

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Peaky Blinders is back on BBC Two next month and

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for Harry this is just the beginning of what life could be

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like once he's seen by millhons of fans on the small screen.

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You can watch a longer interview with the star

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of Peaky Blinders, Cillian Lurphy, on our Facebook page.

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Series two starts on BBC Two at 9.00pm on Thursday, 2nd October.

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On to sport now and utter rdlief for West Bromwich Albion fans ydsterday.

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When West Bromwich Albion khcked off at Tottenham they were bottom of

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the Premier League and still looking for their first win of the season.

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Yet, 90 minutes later, they were celebrating a historic victory

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in North London, which liftdd them out of the League's bottom three.

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Is this the man to save Albhon's season?

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Jolean Lescott finally made his debut yesterday.

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If he wasn't trying to scord against Tottenham, he was m`king

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His fine performance, along with Albion's,

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was capped by James Morrison's headed winner 13 minutes from time.

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The Baggies first win at Tottenham in 30 years also lifts them

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It hasn't been easy for the squad, or the management staff. Thd wind is

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massive for the crowd going into next week. Burnley will be ` great

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opportunity for us. Aston Villa's great start to

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the season came apart in just over That was how long it took Arsenal to

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score three times Perhaps Villa's implosion could be

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due to a illness which swept the squad and has led to a

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quarantine at the training ground. No such problems for Stoke City

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but despite twice taking to the lead at QPR,

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they had to settle for a 2`2 draw. It was a similar story for

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Birmingham City in the Championship. Demarai Gray put them 2`0 up

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at Norwich City, before former striker Cameron Jerome

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pegged them back to 2`2. They took the lead against Bolton

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with Nouha Dicko's scrappy dffort. But they needed Carl Ikeme's

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double penalty save to secure the In League One, Port Vale's caretaker

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manager, Rob Page, enjoyed ` perfect Mark Marshall's jinking run and shot

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giving Vale a 2`1 win over Barnsley. Disappointment for Warwickshire

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on Saturday at Lord's in thd It all hinged on the toss,

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as it often does Warwickshire lost the toss `nd only

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scored 165 from their 50 ovdrs. In fact, they only lasted 47

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overs in difficult conditions. Durham had a few nervy moments

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in their reply as Warwickshhre But, in the end,

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they got comfortably home whnning by three wickets with almost 10

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overs to spare. But they have already won the

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T20 Blast and they can still finish Their final game starts

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tomorrow against Durham. It is a big night for some

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of Wolverhampton's finest sportsmen The Mayor is hosting a

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Civic Reception to mark the city's success at the

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Commonwealth and Invictus G`mes Wolverhampton is proud

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of its sporting success over the past couple of months

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and that's why they're celebrating Four medals at the Commonwe`lth

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Games in Glasgow ` bronze in the wrestling, silver in the cycling,

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two gold in gymnastics and the x400 Plus, one gold at the Invictus Games

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last week for Andrew Roberts Andrew, how good was it to

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win gold against the USA? It was amazing. To beat the

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Americans have their own sport, especially in front of such a big

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crowd and so many people watching on TV. The games copy imaginathon of

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everybody watching. He got hnjured five years ago. How much of a row

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has basketball played in yotr rehabilitation? It has playdd a

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massive part in my recovery. I started playing it in Febru`ry. It

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has been such a success, to win gold at the bit of schemes, it h`s been

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fantastic. Matthew, congrattlations. How much did the medal mean to you?

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It meant the world to me. I did not expect from this year, so it has

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been a roller`coaster, especially with the first medal of the relay,

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not thinking I was going to win it. Crazy. Here are some picturds from

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July. Your heart must have been pounding. As soon as I got the bat

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on, the crowd went crazy. I think that is what spurred me on to just

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keep running. At the time wd were behind. Wolverhampton is very proud

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of these two fine sporting sons A reminder that we're seeking your

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nominations for this year's BBC We're looking for an individual or

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pair, aged 16 or over, who give their time on a voluntary b`sis to

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help others to participate hn sport. You can download

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a nomination form on the BBC Sport Website or you can ring 0844 30

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8000 and we'll send one to xou. Calls cost up to 5p a minutd

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from a landline, He's an award`winning composer who

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has written music for movies such as Titanic

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and the James Bond film Goldeneye. John Altman has also worked with

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numerous famous artists from Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix

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to Amy Winehouse and Katie Lelua. So, it's something of a coup that

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a Black Country orchestra, which was only formed in 2002, has

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persuaded him to work with them John Altman with one of his

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prodigies ` the late Amy Winehouse. The list of musical superst`rs John

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has worked with is never ending He has also composed numerots film

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scores, including the music Every person who has written music

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for films dreams of doing h`ve James Bond movie.

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Despite his high`profile career John's next collaboration whll be

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with a little known ensembld from the West Midlands.

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The People's Orchestra, made up of 70 amateur musichans

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wrote to John asking if he's write a film score for them to perform.

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The worst he could ever say was no, wasn't it? When he said yes, to go

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and meet him at his home, sde the Golden discs on his wall, you

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realise what a phenomenal t`lent he is. My feeling about getting

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involved in the project was maybe I can fire some enthusiasm up, maybe a

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violinist has a younger brother or sister who is thinking about taking

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up an instrument, or a family friend, somebody who gets infused

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with the idea of working on something like this. Rehearsals are

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underway. The orchestra will premiere of the film score on 7th of

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December, grateful they havd managed to catch the ear of one of the most

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respected composers in the TK. Certainly a chill in

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the air this morning, wasn't there? We are lucky this weekend that it

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will be mostly dry and sunnx. There will be clear spells during the

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night that will Leeds to sole missed. High pressure is on the

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driving seat. The only glitch I can see is this frontal system starts to

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move down from the North West overnight tomorrow. Once th`t is

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clear there will be another frontal system clipping the northern half of

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the country on Friday which will lead to the winds becoming slightly

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stronger. It will be largelx dry. This evening will be dry, h`s it

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will be overnight. Clear spdlls overnight, but the cloud will

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fill`in slightly. That will hold temperatures up in most places.

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Where we get the more clear spells, we will get patchy mist devdloping

:26:14.:26:17.

into the morning tomorrow. Temperatures will drop to a minimum

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of six Celsius. There could be a touch of frost and rural ardas, but,

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generally speaking, around 00 Celsius. Where we get the more clear

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spells, it will be a good started the day tomorrow with plentx

:26:35.:26:39.

sunshine first thing. Gradu`lly through the day, because of the

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frontal system heading our way, the cloud will thicken up in northern

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parts of the region. Temper`tures will be pegged back to 17 orienting

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tomorrow. We will see an increase in cloud and sunlight patchy r`in,

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heavy in places. Trouble at Tesco ` its shard price

:26:57.:27:00.

drops to a 10`year low after the supermarket significantly

:27:01.:27:04.

overestimates its profits. Sent home from hospital with

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a ruptured spleen ` an inquest is told how a 20`year`old

:27:14.:27:15.

man died after a cycling accident. I'll be back

:27:16.:27:18.

at 10.00pm with your latest update.

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