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Thousands of fish feared dead as a stretch of

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People come here to feed them, but it's going to be a sad loss

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and I think it's going to take a long time before it

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Local people are being warned to keep livestock and pets away

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As Donald Trump becomes US President, we get the view

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from the Whitehouse - the other one.

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When the pavement becomes a road - confusion over shared spaces causing

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They reduce my independence, they reduce where I can

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The stuff of dreams, from making music in a converted bedroom

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in Coventry to being nominated for an award in LA.

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And as we get revved up for the weekend you might be

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wondering whether we're in line for more sunshine,

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I'll have a full forecast, and find out why I'm at the Genting

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It's feared thousands of fish may have been killed after a river

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The Environment Agency has set up an incident room,

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after chemicals were found in the River Morda, near Oswestry.

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The water company United Utilities says there has been an issue

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at its nearby water treatment works and is investigating.

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Bob Hockenhull is in Oswestry for us tonight.

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Brown trout and heels have been affected in the Morda.

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It may look beautiful in the winter sun, but last night local people

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were sickened to see hundreds of fish gasping

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Acid from a nearby water treatment works flowed into the Morda,

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Staff at Western Pools Fishery witnessed the river

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They fear it'll take years for the habitat to recover.

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The river was white and there was evidence of dead and dying fish.

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They seemed to have a problem with oxygen.

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The length of time it's taken to build up this system,

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the complete ecosystem, the invertebrates, the stuff

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on which they feed, plus four or five generations of trout

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which spawned after the original, all wiped out.

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A mile and a half from the fishery, this is

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They've confirmed there has been an incident here and they're working

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By this afternoon, the dead fish had been washed downstream after water

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levels were raised to flush the pollution out.

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The Environment Agency has launched an investigation and is working

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There's acid that has gone into this river.

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Even for our staff that are working here today

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and the work that we're doing, we have to be exceptionally

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I advise people to keep their pets, themselves out of the water and,

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where possible, keep livestock out of the water

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Fortunately, the pollution doesn't appear to have got

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But the owners fear it'll be a long time before the River Morda is once

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A lot of work has been done to clean up the Morda in recent years and

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people love coming here to see the brown trout in the clear water. The

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fishery staff see the believe this stretch is now dead but the

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Environment Agency is beating a slightly better spent on it. They

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are saying the river is already beginning to you. -- recover.

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Millions watched today as Donald Trump was sworn in

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But around the world there have been protests,

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from a group whose tag line is 'Build bridges, not walls.'

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Joanne Writtle went to see one such protest in the historic

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setting of Ironbridge and she's been gathering more

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As Donald Trump became the 45th president of the

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a peaceful protest had taken place in the unlikely setting

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of historic Ironbridge - birthplace of the

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It was one of 100 such demonstations by the group Bridges Not Walls.

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We see a lot of kindness around us every day, really,

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and just to reinforce that and recognise it and celebrate it

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and encourage people to focus on that rather than negativity

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and divisiveness that's been characterising our politics lately.

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We don't really know what's going to happen and it's nice

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to join together with similar people to build bridges and get

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There's a lot of suspicion and fear, both in Europe with Brexit and also

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Trump is, from his personality, a president which we have

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never experienced before and we don't actually know.

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In the summer, Ironbridge is packed with tourists and today's winter

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sunshine brought out the visitors too, all with views

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I have my doubts about whether he's wired up right.

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Some of the things he says are excellent, but some

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of the other things, I think he's just gone

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My view is to give him a bit of time and just see how it goes.

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We're living in a world that's changing rapidly and all sorts

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of uncertainties and he's not a politician.

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Many experts say Pennsysvannia was the state that swung it

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for Trump, an area suffering from a decline in industry.

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It's where mum of two Cathy Wardius is from.

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I think, like most Americans, we're apprehneisve because we don't

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know what the next four years are going to bring.

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But then, like I said, I know a lot of really good hard

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working people who had voted for him who are optimistic that he'll bring

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jobs back and do the things that he promised.

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I wonder how they're feeling at the White House right now.

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I think it's the most scariest thing that I've ever heard of.

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He's scary because I think if anybody's going to push

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the button, he's going to be the one to do it.

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He may have his sceptics, but President Trump gave this message:

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Together, we will make America great again.

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Thank you, God bless you and God bless America.

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A man's appeared before Walsall magistrates charged

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40-year-old Kulwinder Kaur was found dead

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at her home, in Gomer Street, in Willenhall, on Wednesday.

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46-year-old Azad Singh was remanded in custody

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and is due to appear before Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday.

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Police are appealing for witnesses, after a man was arrested

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on suspicion of robbery, following two incidents

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The first took place at the BP Garage on Stratford Road in Warwick,

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where it's alleged an armed man demanded money from the till.

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Less than half an hour later, an armed man is believed to have

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demanded cash from the Heart of England Co-op on Church Road

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A 29-year-old from Leamington Spa has been bailed with conditions

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until the beginning of March while investigations continue.

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The search for a company to design, build and maintain high speed trains

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for the HS2 project, has been launched by the Government.

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Up to 60 trains will be needed and the contract to build them

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Construction work on phase one from London to Birmingham is due

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The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling says the project should be

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given royal assent in the next month.

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This is the real thing, this is the start of

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the construction of HS2, a huge project that will

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transform our country, will transform our transport system

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and will create huge opportunities for people

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The Labour MEP Sion Simon has formally launched his campaign to be

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elected West Midlands "Metro Mayor" in just over three months.

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He told an invited audience at a training centre

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in Wolverhampton that, if elected, he would fight

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for fairer Government funding for the West Midlands

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compared with Scotland, Wales and even other regions of England.

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Our political editor Patrick Burns is in Central Birmingham for us.

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So what exactly is he concerned about?

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is the public spending formula operated by successive governments

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for 40 years and it means that in Scotland there is an allocation of

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over ten and a half thousand pounds per head over the past year while

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here in the Midlands, just ?8,750 and Mr Simon wants it scrapped

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because it fails to recognise the fact that the population of the

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Midlands is bigger and makes a bigger contribution to the UK

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economy than Scotland. I put it to him however that successive

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governments that shall not the slightest interest in scrapping it

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because Scotland is a nation whereas the Midlands is merely a region.

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We pay the same taxes as they do in Scotland, Wales,

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Northern Ireland and London, but they get much better public

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services deliberately on purpose, because of this formula,

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It is not fair that they should have better hospitals

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and better schools than us, even though we pay the same tax.

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I just want our fair share of the national pie.

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Interesting to see that slogan taking back control. Where have we

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heard that before? How could we possibly forget? Mr Simon says it

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reflexes determination and as he puts it, we need to seize back

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control from a Westminster Government that has no plan for

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Brexit, far less than the challenges that flow from that from our part of

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the world. There is an irony that a Labour MP who until recently had on

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his website a statement in support of the Remain vote should now be

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campaigning under the slogan made famous by the league campaign. When

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I reminded him of this, he said it was his idea first. -- Leave.

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I've been campaigning for this for seven years now

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and throughout that time, my single clear message has been -

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we need to take back control from London

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If some other people more recently have appropriated my slogan

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for their ends, then that's not my problem.

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How do you see his chances and those of the other candidates? Labourer

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will see the idea traditional front runners in this part of the country,

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Conservatives say they only need a 4% swing but with other parties

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contesting this, it is the real contest and it's more about

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personalities than most street party political fight because of the very

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nature of the job. Thank you, Patrick.

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Thanks for joining us on Midlands Today, still to come

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on tonight's programm: Searching for his century, Stoke City's Peter

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Crouch is poised to score his one hundredth Premier League goal.

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And if you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, I might just

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But if this is a bit noisy, the weather is

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They were supposed to make getting about easier,

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but the so-called shared spaces where kerbs and road

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markings are removed in some town and city centres,

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Campaigners for blind people say the concept, widely used

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They have been discussing their concerns at a special

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meeting of MPs on the Women and Equalities Committee

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Here's our transport correspondent, Peter Plisner.

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Charlotte Nickson and guide dog Layla navigating their way

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But for them, shared space doesn't make things very easy.

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This is where she's stops for this crossing.

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Here Layla gets confused because there's no kurbs and waits

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for instruction from Charlotte.

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And it not just Layla who doesn't understand the layout.

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When we filmed, there were cars and other vehicles everywhere,

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even on what was supposed to be the pavement.

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They make it harder for me to get to work, and that's just not fair.

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They make it impossible for a lot of my blind friends to come

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and visit me and if they do, we have to make sure

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there is a sighted person there to help us at all times.

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The idea of shared space comes from Holland, what happens is,

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road signs, traffic lights and road markings are removed and drivers

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don't quite know who actually has priority, and they go slower.

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But it might be safer for some, but not others.

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As you get to this side, Peter, it doesn't lead to anywhere.

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Sarah Gayton from Staffordshrie campaigns on behalf of the blind

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and partially sighted and she maintains that shared

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Blind people have real difficulties navigating them because the kerb

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line is taken away and crossings are taken away.

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Some zebra crossings are put in, but they're not put in properly.

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Today, Sarah and others had the chance to speak directly

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to MPs on the Women and Equalities Select Committee

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as it held an outreach meeting in Birmingham.

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The committee is currently investigating the build environment

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You can read all the papers you like, but until you have the people

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sat in front of you telling you exactly how it feels to not be

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able to move around their city centre or that they can't get

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a house that's suitable for them to live in,

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you don't really get the human feeling of it.

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Coventry City Council maintains that its shared space is safe

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and that schemes developed in consultation with

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But despite concerns of some, the use of shared space is growing

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It's been announced that the by-election

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to vote for the next MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central will be

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It comes after the resignation of Tristram Hunt,

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who announced his resignation last week to become Director of

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Mr Hunt is expected to leave the House of

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Conductors on London Midland trains are to vote on strike action.

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The rail union, RMT, said it was balloting its members

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over the proposed imposition of security contractors on trains.

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The union said the company's move was made without agreement.

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London Midland said it was "very disappointed" the RMT

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Now here's a tale of far-away seas - with links to

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In 1914, the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton gathered

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28 men to explore the Antarctric - three

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His ship, the Endurance, was destroyed, but there was just

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about time to recover a collection of incredible photographs,

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For the first time, they're on show in Birmingham.

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Arguably the greatest polar explorer.

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A man who would not accept he'd be beaten by the elements.

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The Enduring Eye exhibition is billed as one of the finest

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photographic records of human survival, documenting his

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exploration of the Antarctic aboard the ship The Endurance.

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The idea that Shackleton had was to be the first person to cross

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He'd been beaten to the first person to reach the Pole by Roald Amundsen

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and this was the last achievement there could be

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He also wanted to make a name for himself as being

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Many of these previously unseen images were captured by ship

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photographer Frank Hurley, who hoped to earn a small fortune

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by selling the rights when they returned.

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When the Endurance started sinking in 1915,

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he risked injury or worse by plucking glass plated photographs

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This Hurley image was directly digitised from one of those plates.

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He chose three men - a geologist, a scientist, and a doctor -

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And Shackleton wanted all of his men to contribute no

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But Ernest Shackleton's epic voyage would never had departed,

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some say, were it not for a Birmingham businesman.

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Dudley Docker is very well-known locally I think as being a major

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industrialist of the time, of the early 20th century.

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Shackleton, like a modern explorer, would look for funds from all sorts

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of sources and he had inspired Dudley Docker.

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In today's money, he gave about ?430,000 to support the expidition.

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The were two more Brummie seamen including James A Mcilroy,

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who studied medicine at Birmingham University.

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For the 28 men on board, the wanderlust was lost

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to the ferociuous cold and thick ice which swallowed the ship.

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Enduring Eye at the Library of Birmingham continues

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Stoke City's Peter Crouch is poised to reach a century

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Yes, he gave us the robot goal celebration and his model wife won

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But actually Peter Crouch is one of the most down to earth

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So it will be a very popular moment if he can score his one hundredth

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Premier League goal this weekend when Stoke City take

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Peter Crouch is loving his football and who can blame him?

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He was brought back into the starting line up for Stoke

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at Christmas and he's scored three goals in five matches since.

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I looked at where my career was going and thinking,

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I think now that I've been given this opportunity to play again,

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I'm loving it, probably more so than when I was 18 months ago

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and before that period because now I realise how much it means

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His attributes and his ability to affect games hasn't changed.

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He's getting on years, he's probably coming

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towards the end of his career, he knows that.

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But we haven't seen any diminishing of his qualities at all.

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The very first Premier League goal came for Aston Villa 15 years ago.

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The 20-year-old was still growing into his six foot seven frame then

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and it took a move to Southampton before his career really blossomed.

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42 England caps and appearances at two World Cups followed.

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He's scored 36 goals for Stoke since joining them in 2011 but he's

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The goal for Stoke against Man City was probably the best

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Headed it down to me and being able to flick it up and volley it.

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Nine out of ten times they don't get anywhere near the goal.

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So to see it fly in the top corner was probably the best

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His wife Abby Clancy won Strictly Come Dancing in 2013

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and Crouch is also famous for his goal celebration moves.

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So will we see the robot again for the first time in a decade

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I've had so many people say to me, if you get the 100th,

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you've got to do it, you've got to do it.

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The pressure's taking its toll, let's put it that way.

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He's clearly a popular member of the Stoke City squad

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and would love to play on until he's 40.

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So we could see that Peter Crouch goal celebration plenty more times

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And you can see the full interview with Peter Crouch on Football Focus

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And he's about to get a new team mate.

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Saido Berahino set to move up the M6 from West Bromwich Albion.

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Yes, Albion have accepted a bid from Stoke for their striker.

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Berahino is still only 23 but he's being trying to leave

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His attitude has been questioned at Albion

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For Albion it's one in and one out as they've completed the signing

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of midfielder Jake Livermore for ?10 million

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He's had his problems, notably the loss of

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But Tony Pulis says Livermore is back to his best.

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Having gone to Hull, the tragedy that followed him around

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We played him twice this season and he was exceptional in both games.

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He looks as though he's getting his form back and he's just 27.

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We think it's a really, really good time.

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Onto tennis and another fantastic victory for Birmingham's Dan Evans

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Yes, recently dropped by his sponsor he had to stock up

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But it's working he's through to the fourth

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round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

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He beat Australia's Bernard Tomic in straight sets 7-5 7-6 7-6.

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And he played some scintillating tennis.

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This 25 shot rally in the final tie break arguably the pint

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His winner even drew applause from his opponent.

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Moments later, he'd earned himself three match points.

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He was receiving serve but he only needed one match point.

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Evans was very emotional at this point.

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It was due to losing a former coach to cancer last year.

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He said afterwards he wised that Belgian Julien Hofferlin could have

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He always said I could do it, so obviously, you know,

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he always said I should be playing top 40 tennis and in the grand slams

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Evans plays the 12th seed Jo Wilfried Tsonga from France

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A singer songwriter making music in her bedroom and ends up along the

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stars of LA. She has attracted quite a following on social media and has

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been nominated for a prestigious American music award and Emma could

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be sharing the winning platform with Adele and Ellie Goulding, the only

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other solo female British singers. From Coventry to Los Angeles,

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that's where Emma McGann is going. She performs from this converted

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bedroom at her home in Coventry, and is delighted to be nominated

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for America's iHeart I was super surprised, it feels like

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a dream. The nominations have come at a point which is already really

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exciting. The awards will be broadcast across this state in

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March. It will be a star studded event and we can wave Emma to walk

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the red carpet. Last year Justin Bieber

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was the overall winner, and Adele and Ellie Goulding have

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nominations this year. With Adele and especially Ellie

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Goulding, I would let them as my inspirations. To be on a pie with

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them at the same award show is insane. It's really insane. As well

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as being busy with the music awards, Emma is experimenting with

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cutting-edge technology. The plan is too great a music video using

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virtual reality. It will be the first of its kind in this industry.

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K, guys. It wouldn't be possible

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without the help of her boyfriend James, who's the driving force

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behind all the technology. The main thing idea is our deal but

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with Emma's broadcasting, I have dabbled individually and lighting

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and anything to do with computers, anything to improve the broadcast.

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Emma's been been nominated in the social media category

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from now until then she's drumming up support amongst

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Thank you for tuning in and I will see you later on tonight for another

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broadcast. Goodbye. Finally, the sun made

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a welcome appearance today. Rebecca has the forecast,

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but she's somewhere a little different this evening

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at the Genting Arena. There is something special about to

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happen this year. You wouldn't catch me doing any of this but one person

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you might is Chris. You do this, what's wrong with you? I've been

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doing it from an early age and it's stuck with me ever since. What is

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Arena Cross? Its motocross. We do tricks, fireworks and everything.

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You don't actually do this? I stick to the racing. This looks dangerous,

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is it? It can be, but we really experience and we try not to crash

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too often. Why should people come down and watch it this weekend?

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There will be tricks and erasing, fireworks and lots of entertainment.

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We have to ask the boss man if we can get them to be quiet because

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I've got to do the weather forecast. If you fancy coming down here that's

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all well and good about the weather is looking too bad this weekend. It

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has been a glorious day today, clear blue skies. Our temperatures were

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only at five Celsius. Through the weekend, we will get much colder air

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from linear continents. That is going to cool things down. We saw

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that across the southern half of the region last night. A chilly weekend

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but some sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud through this

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weekend. We have got much colder air working its way across as from the

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east. The map will turn very blue as we head through tonight because

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temperatures are dropping like a stone. It will start to creep its

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way northwards, cold right the way across the board. Temperatures

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dipping two minus five. In some sheltered rural spots, it could get

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lower than that. Widespread frost and in eastern parts of the region,

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mist and fog patches developing and they could be clearing into the day

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tomorrow. High pressure in charge, little movement and breeze.

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Continuing to see those cold conditions through the morning, a

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frosty start and a very cold day indeed tomorrow. Still an easterly

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breeze so temperatures ranging from between one and three Celsius. There

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will be lots of lovely sunshine. We get cloud coming in from the east as

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we head through the day, variable and then applied a black cloud

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should help with temperatures as we head Saturday night into Sunday.

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Another very chilly night, another widespread frost right the way

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across the region, temperatures dipping down to around 8-1 or minus

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three. We could see some drizzle from that cloud which could tend to

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sleet or snow. Sunday -- Monday is more of the same. Stays that way as

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we head into the new working week. I am going to go and learn some

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tricks. Not really. Nicola Beckford will be

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with you at 10.30 for the late news.

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