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Families tell of their horror at an inquest into the deaths of

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three patients under the care of a heart surgeon sacked from the Queen

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Also tonight, Lord Heseltind live on the urgent need to bridgd

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The former government minister's in the region to launch

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a scheme that'll teach youngsters the skills they'll need for work.

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The Princess Royal unveils a memorial honouring the Ghtrkas

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who lost their lives with the armed forces.

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And join me later. And I will have the weather forecast

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later. Families have told of their

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shock and horror at seeing their The inquest began today

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into the deaths of three patients who were treated

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by surgeon Ian Wilson at thd Queen Concerns came to light

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after an internal audit found that 15 of his patients had died

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in just over a year. In some cases,

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there were common factors. Our Health Correspondent,

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Michele Paduano, reports. Their inquests held together

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following concerns over del`ys to surgery and the amount

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of heart surgery. 78`year`old Alan Tringham

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from Hereford had two heart valves repaired and an operation

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on his atrium. He had extensive bruising `

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even to his eyelids. His daughter, Joanne Muldowney said

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she was asked if they wanted a priest, but claims she wasn't told

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that it was for the last rites. During the operation,

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Mr Tringham had been placed on a heart bypass machine and his heart

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frozen with drugs to protect it The gap on one occasion

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between those drugs being ghven was Ian Wilson accepted that he had

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filled in the timings wrong for giving the drugs,

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but said that he was working on He was asked whether she should have

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operated sooner. He said, if I was to look back of course I wotld, but

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there was nothing at that stage to suggest that course of action and

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they had another 80 patients on my waiting list.

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72`year old Peter Brooks from Halesowen had been well

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His family were told that hd cardiac arrested on the table and afterwards

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that he had six bypasses, a valve repair and a heart valve replaced.

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His daughter, Alison Jinks said he never regained consciousness

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The inquest into all three deaths at the Queen Elizabeth hosphtal is

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I understand there are other issues relating to the practice th`t have

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been identified but are not directly relevant to these cases?

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Yes. After he was sacked, hd was specifically sacks for the heart

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strike that was not given, they then looked into other aspects of his

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work and finds that there w`s an issue to do with intravenous GTn.

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The hospital said today that if they had known about that they m`y have

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restricted his operating back in 2011.

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He was sacked by the hospit`l. What has happened to him since?

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He went for retraining at a hospital in Wolverhampton. That went well. He

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has now been employed on a six`month contract although he will h`ve to

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maintain his supervision. Clearly he has come out of this OK. Cldarly the

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issue is whether there is or is not a problem. Only the General Medical

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Council will be able to dechde that. Good to have you with

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us this evening. Coming up later in the programme

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Playing the right notes, not The school that's blown out

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brass for plastic trumpets. The need to get young peopld to

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learn skills for work is now so urgent a new scheme's behng set

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up which it's hoped will help to close the so`called skills gap and

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lead to the creation of mord new The Greater Birmingham Chamber

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of Commerce is working with a consortium of colleges on a new

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website called The Skills Htb. It's designed to give emploxers

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a one`stop shop when searchhng Our Business Correspondent,

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Peter Plisner, is at a printing firm So, Peter, why is

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the skills gap such a big issue It's a big issue

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because this printing firm has expanded rapidly over the l`st

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decade and these days it's getting more and more work, but meeting

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those orders means having the right Making it's mark `

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this firm's presses are running 24 Launched 12 years ago

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by ten school friends who scraped together ?2,000 it's now turning

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over nearly ?3million per ydar and has ambitions to double that

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figure over the next three xears. In the design shop they're just

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as busy ` here they have vacancies but a lack of skills means ht's not

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easy filling them. It is extremely difficult where you

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have to advertise extensively. Once we employ them we then have to train

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them further and develop thdir skills. Machines like this do not

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always run themselves and they are becoming more high`tech. People that

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work you need a certain levdl of skills. That cannot always be

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trained in`house. A new website holds information

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of more the 10,000 different courses ` they're available at colldges

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across the Greater Birmingh`m area. Norman Cave who runs

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Bournville College has playdd a key A business that has a particular

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training needs will click onto the website. The website will identify

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the course that is more appropriate for them. And also the colldge which

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is nearest. In addition to

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the colleges those who use the skills hub can also get help

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from various Chambers of Colmerce. Ultimately it should lead to

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more growth and job creation. This is all part of moves to empower

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big cities. The force behind that is Lord Heseltine. He joins as tonight.

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What do you think of this? Ht is an important step towards bringing more

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power to local areas, involving local people who actually create the

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jobs. That is the essence of the problem. Finding enough jobs and

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finding people with the skills. This is designed to get all the local

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sources of training and the employers into one grouping. That is

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a very sensible step. We were promised money and you recolmended

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that the Government release money to cities like Birmingham to

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effectively control their own destiny. You talked about ?40

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billion across the country, but we have seen no where near that from

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the Government. There is no sign of that. I do not agree. But when I

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looked at the total sum is `vailable over five years, it is not 40

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billion all at once. There was a lot of money. I pointed this out. The

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Government accepted the principle. They have begun the shift to local

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areas. The Chancellor announced 6 billion a couple of months `go. That

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is not all I asked for, but no one else has ever got a fraction of

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that. As a result of the Scottish referendum there has been more talk

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about regional devolution. RB good to get it? Will Birmingham benefit?

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There are Local Enterprise Partnership 's all over England

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They are already getting significant sums. They will get more. The

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process has been going for `bout a year. The devolution debate in

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Scotland has given it a massive push. Birmingham will gain from

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that. We are heading in the right

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direction, but there is still much work to do.

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A 29`year`old man has been jailed for life for killing a mothdr`of`two

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Amandeep Kaur Hothi was found in a room at the Britannia Hotel

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She'd died from multiple knife wounds.

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Gurminder Singh, from Forest Gate in London, has been told he'll serve

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A Warwickshire man's been jailed after he admitted making a series

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of hoax calls in which he told families their children had died.

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Ashley Dodd made eight calls one night in June `

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some in the early hours ` claiming he was a doctor at the

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Magistrates sentenced him to 16 weeks in prison.

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Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a

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The woman, who's thought to have been in her 50s, was found

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at the property in Glebe Street in Wellington yesterday aftdrnoon.

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Three men, aged 50, 35 and 21 are being questioned by police,

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It's been confirmed that 35 Phones 4U stores

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in the Midlands are to closd, with 169 staff losing their jobs.

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The firm ` which is based in Newcastle`under`Lyme

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in Staffordshire ` went into administration last week.

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620 head`office staff found out on Friday that they'd lose thehr jobs.

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A leading cancer charity's urging young people not to be

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The Teenage Cancer Trust is worried that young people not

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speaking to their doctor me`ns cancer's not spotted early dnough.

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A survey by the Trust suggests that under 24s are more likely to get

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All the patients in this cancer unit in Birmhngham

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The disease is rare amongst this age group ` most teenagers don't

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But it's the one thing that everyone here has in common.

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I went to the GP and he gavd me some tablets because he thought ht was

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I think I went back about three times and it was about the third

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time I told him to do a blood test and then he did a blood test and I

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got a phone call to say, can you go to the hospital, and the doctor came

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Because fewer than 1% of cancer cases happen

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in young people, when a teenager comes to their GP with something

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wrong ` it's not the first thing the doctor will be looking for.

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You see a lump on your head and you sort of worry for one minutd and you

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kind of Yahoo Answer it and it just goes, don't worry it?s fine.

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You go to the GP and he's lhke, no not at your age, or,

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that will be very rare, and you just sort of dismiss it

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Although Eleanor and Fiona both went to their GPs they didn't feel

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confident enough to challenge them when nothing serious was fotnd.

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A third of the teenagers spoken to for this survey said they dhdn't

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feel able to talk to their GP about their health concerns.

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Teenage Cancer Trust is worried this may mean some cancers

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in young people aren't being picked up early enough.

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If you're feeling tired or xou've got lumps or bumps or swellhngs it

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doesn't mean you've got cancer but there's a small chance that you

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If you're experiencing thesd problems you need to get chdcked out

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The charity wants schools to help students become more aware

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of the signs of cancer to ghve them confidence to say something

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The hope is for the rare few who do have the disease they will get

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The Princess Royal's been in Staffordshire this afternoon to

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unveil a memorial to soldiers of the Gurkha Rifles who died in sdrvice.

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The monument, at the National Memorial Arboretum,

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marks the contribution made to the British Army by the men frol Nepal.

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Over 200,000 Gurkhas served with the British Army

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Numbers have fallen sharply since then and the regiment now has

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Most recently, they've seen action in the Falklands, Kosovo,

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They are the most wonderfully believe and kind people I h`ve ever

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met. Their loyalty is as legendary as the bravery. Their motto is,

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better to die than to be a coward. This sergeant is one of the 300 or

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so Gurkhas. My great`grandf`ther was in the British Indian Army. My

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father served in Hong Kong. His family history tells the story of

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the Gurkhas. Two centuries of allegiance. But until very recently

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there has never been a memorial for the thousands killed in the line of

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duty. Unveiled today, the monument is the idea of a Staffordshhre

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`based former Gurkha officer. They will tell them about it. Thdy will

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be thrilled to think that wd are still thinking of them. It took a

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small team of Gurkhas working with a professional stonemason two years to

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build. The Gurkhas feel that this has received another blessing. The

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God of prosperity is also phctured riding a rodent. And this mdmorial

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has become infested with mice. Inquests begin into the deaths of

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three patients under the care of a heart surgeon sacked from the Queen

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Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Your detailed weather forec`st

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to come shortly from Shefalh. Also in tonight's programme, the pub

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regular who's inspired a song and a new beer two years after he died,

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in honour of his old flat c`p. And join me live at Shrewsbtry Town

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` a team chasing a hat`trick I used to play the trumpet

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in my school orchestra, not an But I was sorry to hear that brass

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instruments in schools have become an endangered species ` bec`use of

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the cost and the fact that some are One school in the Black Country

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hopes to have the answer. I very special lesson from ` very

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special teacher. She is one of the most celebrated trumpet soloists.

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She is here to give these schoolchildren in music lesson. But

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these instruments are different They are made from plastic. It is an

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amazing new invention which means that the plastic vibrates the way in

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brass metal instrument would. And it looks great as well. They come in

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several colours. At ?100 thdy are more affordable, lightweight and

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Jude and Jude Law untraditional brass instruments. 35 trumpdts have

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been donated to the school. You get to play the trumpet. You get to

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learn how to do it. The instruments were developed by this Coventry

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`based company. We learned how to make instruments sounds likd a real

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bass instrument. We use that same technology in our trumpet. Ht is

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simple and easy to start making a sound. Back at lesson is in full

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swing. When it is over the learning will not stop. We will have a

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teacher in here every week for the next year. We are only able to do

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that because of the partnership that we have. There will be a concert in

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the town Hall in October. A wonderful opportunity to le`rn and

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play with the best. An owl sanctuary in Gloucestershire

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has launched an appeal to help buy the f`rm where

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they are currently based. The Barn Owl Centre needs to raise

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?30,000 by the end of the year to purchase the land

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and buildings from the council. Majestic, graceful and very at home.

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This European Eagle Owl is one of 60 birds of prey at the Barn Owl Centre

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in Gloucester. Based here shnce It is a great place to fly birds. It

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brings people back to wildlhfe. Based here

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2008, the charity currently leases the farm and surrounding land from

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Gloucester city council, but now they've been given the chance to buy

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For Vincent Jones, the founder of the charity, this is more

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than just a farm. It's the place where his love of owls all began.

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since I found my first I will nest in the tree behind me.

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26 of the birds here were t`ken from this owner after a neighbour

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recorded ten attacking them. They are still being rehabilitatdd. It

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has taken a long time. If they manage to raise the money to

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purchase the farm it will mdan that the centre can move forward with

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plans to expand. That will lean they will be able to help more of these

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birds. Onto tonight's football

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and Shrewsbury Town are aimhng They're at home to Championship side

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Norwich City in the third round of the League Cup and Dan P`llett's

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at the Greenhous Stadium right now. They've already done it

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once this season, Dan. Yes they've done it twice already

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in this competition. They beat Blackpool

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from the Championship in round one and Premier Le`gue

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Leicester City in round two. Can they make it a hat`trick

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of upsets tonight against another team from

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the Championship ` Norwich City Well let's have a word with someone

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who has some insider's knowledge. Fingers crossed. We are comhng into

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the game on the back of an tnbeaten run here. We have got nothing to

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lose. Our players are up for it You joined a club

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which had just been relegatdd. The mood has changed. On thd first

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day the chairman was trying to cheer everyone up. He has been involved in

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the club for a long time. Hd is a massive supporter. He took to heart.

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But he had a smile on face. One of the things that we wanted to do is

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put a smile back on his facd. Fingers crossed we can do it again

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tonight. This has got to help business. Yes, attendances `re down

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slightly on the back of being relegated, but hopefully supporters

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will come down tonight and see the big are trying to play. Thex will

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see that we are going in thd right direction and hopefully we can get

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promoted. It should be an exciting night. There is live, jury on BBC

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radio. Dan, Shrewsbury aren't

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our only side in Cup action tonight ` Stoke City also play tonight and

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must feel that they have a realistic In the last few seasons we've had

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two sides from outside the Birmingham City and Swansea City

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have won it in the last few years. It shows what's possible

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in the League Cup. Stoke City must think that they have

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a chance of getting to Wembley. Stoke are away to

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Sunderland this evening. And coverage of that match hs on

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BBC Radio Stoke. We'll have the goals from both

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of tonight's games on He was a pub regular who's prompted

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a song, a flurry of fundraising and a new beer in his memorx `

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all because he was well known This was Frank Cunningham,

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a retired aircraft engineer, And this is his cap, which he was

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always leaving on the bar hdre at People used to throw change

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in it which was donated to charity. He would always take his cap off and

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dump it on the side. For a joke somebody threw some money in one

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night. It became a habit. The cat came off and the money went in and

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it went to Macmillan nurses. When he died, someone asked for his cap

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Maureen is a folk singer and has written a song ` Fr`nk's Cap

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And now the pub has started to sell a new beer of the same name.

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We have an award for our innovative ways of making money. We want to

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keep it going. About ?1,400 has been thrown

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into Frank's cap over the l`st two years and it's been donated to

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Macmillan Cancer Support. It is a fitting tribute to `

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drinking man. He liked his pint He liked the camaraderie. This is a

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fantastic tributes to him. He was a character. It is amazing wh`t does

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Dan for the dog and pheasant. And all this

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because Frank was always le`ving Here is the weather. We are now

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officially into Tim. Some p`rts of the region are feeling it. # row we

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are now officially into auttmn. These temperatures will fluctuate

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through the week. We are seding some changes to the complexion of things

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without turning cloudy two this afternoon. That is down to this

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frontal system pushing throtgh the Northwest. We have also got this

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other frontal system that whll come through on Friday. That may bring

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cloudy conditions and rain by that stage. High`pressure will l`ter on

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starts to dominate. Back to this evening. We are starting to see this

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cloud filter southwards. It is bringing rain to the Northern parts

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of the region. Most of this rain will be liked and patchy. There will

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be the odd heavy burst here and fair. Because of a close and the

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rain temperatures are only dropping to a minimum of ten Celsius. It will

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not be quite as cold. This rain will continue into the morning. Ht may

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intensify in a few places. Ht will start to clear later on tomorrow

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into the afternoon. Look at those temperatures. Across the North it is

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much cooler. Tomorrow night will be drier. Dry with sunny spells on

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Thursday. Ed Miliband sets out his vision

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for Britain in his last conference an inquest into the deaths of three

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patients under the care of ` heart surgeon sacked from the Quedn

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Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

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