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Police open a murder inquiry after a man was stabbed

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on a bus in Birmingham - patrols for passengers

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It's absolutely terrible. If you can't be safe on the bus, where can

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you be saved? Police are appealing for witnesses,

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the man was stabbed in Handsworth. Worcestershire Children's Services

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is rated inadequate. A report shows vulnerable children

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are at risk of significant harm. The mother who's received online

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abuse for posting a video of her baby receiving crucial

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physiotherapy. It's had loads of use and share send

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them we started getting nasty messages, started getting death

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threats, saying we should be killed. And there are murmurings

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of discontent as warnings for fog Police have increased patrols

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on buses in the West Midlands, in an attempt to reassure

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the public, after a man was stabbed to death on a bus

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in Birmingham last night. The victim, who was in his 30s,

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was attacked on the top deck of the bus in the Handsworth area

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of the city at around Searching for evidence

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in the Handsworth area of Birmingham this afternoon,

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police are trying to work out why a man was stabbed to death

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while travelling on a bus Police believe the two men

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didn't know each other, They say the victim

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was already on the bus. Further along the route, the other

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man got on and sat opposite At some point, a verbal

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altercation started which A knife was produced

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and the victim was stabbed. When emergency services got

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to Rookery Road at around a quarter to 11 last night,

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they found the man, a 35-year-old from Smethwick,

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slumped over one of the seats We know there were five people

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sat around with the two males on the top deck,

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so we managed to speak to one of the people who very

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kindly stayed behind. The other four people

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left the bus shortly It might be that they didn't realise

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how serious the matter was and just wanted to get out of the way,

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which is perfectly understandable. However, I would ask for them

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to come forward to speak Good afternoon,

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ladies and gentlemen. Extra patrols were added to buses

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across the city today, including the 11A -

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the route the man was travelling The aim of officers from the West

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Midlands Safer Travel Partnership, In Handsworth, concern too

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from people living close by. You know, what happens

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if I'm on the bus with my children one day and then,

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you know, someone gets stopped? Everybody on this road,

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they're worried about, even for the businesses

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as well, you know? If you can't be safe on the bus,

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where can you be safe? Police says they're looking

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for a black man, aged between 25 and 30 with short dreadlocks,

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in connection with the murder. He was last seen wearing a puffa

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jacket, had headphones over a baseball cap and was carrying

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a duffel type bag. Ben Sidwell, BBC Midlands

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Today, Birmingham. Worcestershire Children's Services

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has been rated inadequate. A report from Ofsted showed

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vulnerable children are at risk It's the fourth local authority

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in the West Midlands to have their Children's Services

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department rated inadequate. Worcestershire have

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said they are sorry - and will spend

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an extra ?3.5 million Tom Turrell has been speaking

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to the people in charge It is the job at the Children's

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Services is department here at Worcestershire County Council to

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protect the most honourable residents in the county, children.

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I'm talking about children who are potentially in foster care, have

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been adopted, potentially who have lived with parents who are violent.

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Today we learned that Government inspectors, Ofsted, rated this

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department as inadequate. It said that the children here were at risk.

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I put it to the chief executive of Worcestershire County Council that

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we needed our response. The thing I would like to say first and foremost

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is sorry to those children's families who feel they been let down

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by the services or feel disappointed in terms of those services. My

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commitment is to absolutely ensure that we pick up the pace of that

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improvement plan, real confidence that the leadership we put in place

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last year is the right leadership, Ofsted have said that as well. And

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things we're put in place, single multi-agencies focus is the right

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things as well. The County Council say a high

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turnover of staff has not helped, possibly by low pay and the

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pressures of the job. They also say they are hiring too many agency

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staff by third parties and that is not helping. And the demand for

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children services is the rise. They say they are putting the problem

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right, investing ?3.5 million extra to fix this, but the NSPCC says the

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situation isn't good enough. To get "inadequate"

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on Child Protection, on your work with care leavers,

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on your work with children in care and on your overall leadership

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is obviously a pretty damning indictment, so lots more work

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for Worcestershire to do and our view is keep

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the focus on the child, keep the focus on outcomes

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from the child and learn from other authorities

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where they have been able to turn Councils, businesses,

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the BBC even fails at what it The problem is, when it is the

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children services department here at Worcestershire, it leaves the most

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honourable in society at risk. "If your child's life depended

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on it, you would do it, too." The words of a young mother who's

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received abuse online, after posting video of her giving

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crucial physiotherapy Sam Carrier's daughter Daisy

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has cystic fibrosis - and needs a type of vigorous

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massaging called She put video of the technique

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on social media, to try to raise public awareness of the condition -

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which affects more than But the pictures have

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sparked hatred and abuse. So you do it in a cupped position

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with your hand to try and create a pocket of air. It doesn't hurt her

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at all. It's called percussion and experts

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say it can be the difference between life and death

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for 15-week-old Daisy. She has cystic fibrosis

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and the physio her Mum Sam gives her twice a day

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helps break up mucus on her chest which could become

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infected and deadly. The first time we started doing

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this, she was actually three weeks old and they came to our house to

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show us and they started doing the percussion and I just cried, it's

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devastating to see this is what you've got to try and do to keep

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your children a life. She is happy all the time. She is just a smiley,

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smiley baby. Daisy was diagnosed with cystic

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fibrosis just a few weeks It was Christmas Eve that Sam

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decided to post a physio session with her Facebook page,

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in a bid to raise But by Boxing Day

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the trolling had begun. It's had loads of views and shares

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and that we started getting nasty messages, started getting death

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threats saying we should be killed, lots of foul language which I cannot

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repeat. We got the told we were child abusers and we were going to

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break her ribs. She's never replied to the trollers,

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except to forward details of cystic fibrosis -

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which affects one in Historically, half of all children

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with with the condition Sam's hopeful new research and fund

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raising will change that. Sarah Bishop, BBC

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Midlands Today, in Dudley. There's been a lot of support

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for Sam from many of you. Kat Cassidy posted on our

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Midlands Today Facebook page, she and her husband used to do

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percussion for their daughter She says, "Just keep

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doing what you are doing "and don't worry about

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the ignorant people jumping A cancer surgeon has pleaded not

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guilty to fraud after claiming that he had performed 88

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keyhole surgery operations. Sudip Sarker was alleged to have

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made the false claim during an interview for a consultant

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job, at the Alexandra Hospital Mr Sarker was suspended a year later

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and eventually dismissed, following concerns

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about his surgical ability. Leroy Sterling strangled Wendy Mann,

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his former partner, simply because he couldn't cope

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with her having a new lover. At Wolverhampton Crown Court,

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Sterling was jailed for life. Detectives have described

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their investigation as complex. They've also apologised

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because another man spent almost three months in custody charged

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with Wendy Mann's murder - Here's our Black Country

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reporter, Ben Godfrey. Cold, calculating -

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a man intent on revenge. He strangled 26-year-old Wendy Mann,

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the mother of their three children, after they separated and she started

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seeing another man. It has been a long process getting

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justice for our sister Wendy. We are happy with the verdict here today

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and it will bring a sense of closure to our lives.

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It's August 2015 - Sterling is seen loitering outside

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Fueled by jealousy, he confronted his former partner and strangled

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her. He strangled her, dragged her body

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into her kitchen where Sterling proceeded to mop the floor

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afterwards, hoping to wipe away Then he calmly headed home -

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here he is on CCTV images carrying a holdall -

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he'd snatched his childrens' He admitted no part in this offence

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and showed no remorse whatsoever for Wendy's death. This was a very

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complex investigation involving very detailed forensic examinations of

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the scene. But initially, detectives

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charged an innocent man. Wendy Mann's lover Trevor Tyndale -

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seen here leaving court - spent almost three months

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in custody. It turned out too that Sterling

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had tried to kill him All of the telephone data and the

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CCTV evidence available at that early period .22 Trevor to being the

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person that could be responsible for Wendy's death. Does he deserve an

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of course he does, we have spoken to him over the intervening months and

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we have apologised to him. We have supported him through this process.

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Thanks to forensic evidence then, Sterling has been jailed for life

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for Wendy Mann's murder and the attempted murder

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He'll serve at least 21 years behind bars.

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The verdict will not bring Wendy back, but it will give us some

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comfort that someone has faced justice for this terrible act and

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her memory has been honoured. Ben Godfrey, BBC Midlands Today,

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Wolverhanpton Crown Court. Thanks for joining us

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on Midlands Today, this Police open a murder inquiry

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after a man was stabbed on a bus in Birmingham -

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patrols for passengers Your detailed weather

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forecast to come shortly. Looking at our canals

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from a different angle, the divers helping to keep our

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waterways running smoothly. Plans to run former

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London Underground trains on the Midlands rail network

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are still on course, despite a fire The Warwickshire company, Vivarail,

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is converting Tube trains to help meet a shortage of carriages

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and relieve overcrowding. It says the fire on a train

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is still being investigated. Our Transport Correspondent Peter

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Plisner has been given exclusive access to the firm's

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testing facilities. Stranded after a on-board fire

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and a problem that could have derailed the Vivarail project -

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but almost a month on at the company's depot at Long Marston,

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it's is busier than ever. This is the train that caught fire

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undergoing repair work which the man in charge of Vivarail's says should

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be back on the track by early

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Spring. The idea of testing a train is to

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find out how things work. Clearly the fire was a setback. The fire

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that stop the testing of the new train was caused by a blaze inside

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one of the engines. This is the engine that caught fire. As you can

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see, it is pretty burnt out. The investigation is still underway, but

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it looks like it was caused by a fuel leak.

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But the delays caused by the fire halted plans to use the new train

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to help get more people in and out of the Richo Arena in Coventry -

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today Vivarail were hopeful that could still happen.

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It will be available to go back in-service on the Coventry line if

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required. If it is not used there, we will have it operating somewhere

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else. And undeterred, the company is also

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developing a hybrid train. We are building a battery test car,

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which has the capability of running either on battery or hydrate, there

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are lots of hybrid vehicles now, with battery and engine.

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And there's certainly no shortage of trains -

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There are more than 200 former London Underground carriages

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Peter Plisner, BBC Midlands Today at Lond Marston.

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Landlocked Birmingham is the last place you would expect to find

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But today a diver has indeed been hard at work -

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under the city, making sure our canal network

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The aim is to use use an inflatable pillow to plug - and then drain -

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a stretch of pipeline, so vital maintenance

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Our environment correspondent David Gregory-Kumar

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This is the Grand Union Canal on the east side of Birmingham.

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But the team won't be diving the canal.

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They're going much much deeper, under the canal...

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into the hidden network of pipes and culvets that

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Canal and river trust employed divers across the network, across

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the country, to undertake specialised work for us. There's

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lots of things for structure under the grounds that a lot of the

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general public won't know about. Today's dive is about checking

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on some vital but elderly But the diving will only start once

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the diver gets down this 15 metre shaft to reach the water

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inside the culvet. Now, that black is shaded there,

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that is what will go inside and block off the culvert so they can

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drain it out and checked the pumps. The diver himself is probably going

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to be in there about five hours today. Get all the air out of it, it

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is trying to push something poignant under the water, so it's difficult

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to push him. -- poignant. It's hard work, but finally the bung

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goes in and the team up top But why would anyone

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want to work underwater I can't see doing anything else, I

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love doing it. It is not everybody's cup of tea though.

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Surprisingly good. It is not been exposed to frost. It tends to be in

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good condition, the water at the bottom has help reserve the state of

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the brick work. network should easily

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celebrate its double century. David Gregory Kumar,

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BBC Midlands Today, under Fascinating. On to sport, we will

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meet some new faces at Birmingham City shortly, but a new start for

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swimming at Worcester. This is exciting, isn't it? Yes, exciting.

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Two paralympic swimmers officially opened Worcester's new ?10 million

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Rebcca Redfern and Claire Cashmore opened the centre in Perdiswell.

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The City Council hope the pool will benefit everyone from pleasure

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There's often a ribbon involved in these things.

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But today wasn't so much about cutting - as splashing!

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Paralympic silver medallist Rebecca Redfern took

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the plunge first, quickly followed by a school

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But 17-year-old Redfern will train here almost every day

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It's amazing. The facilities they have here are so much better and

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there are so many different ways that we can improve our swimming

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with these facilities. Today she was joined

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by Kidderminster's Claire Cashmore who has won eight paralympic medals

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including a gold in Rio. She says great facilities

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make great swimmers. When there is so much money invested

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into the pool, you feel that money is being invested in to give because

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turning up into a bright, fantastic, clean pool really makes a

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difference, it makes you feel proud to almost be here and you feel like

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money has been invested into that sport. Just a superb new facility.

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Not just for our city but for the whole county and region, in fact. It

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is a competition standard pool. Alongside the 25 metre main pool

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there's a training pool. The new pool also boasts 284 seats

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for spectators. Perdiswell also revamped

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the main sports hall. They've introduced

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an indoor cycling centre - The age range of users spanned

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nearly 80 years today. There really is something

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for everyone. So great news for Worcester -

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but the wait goes on for Yes, we still haven't

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even got a date. Birmingham University are building

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it. from them came just before

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Christmas which said... Regrettably it is delayed further,

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they are doing everything they can to finish the building. We might get

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another update next week, but in the meantime we have to be patient. The

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region should have 250 metre pools, the Council approved plans to

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replace the pool in the city centre. In the long-term we will be better

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off. On to football now. A couple of weeks ago,

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Dan Scarr was making FA Cup headlines with non-league

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Stourbridge. And his excellent performances

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didn't go unnoticed. Today, he began his new

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career as a professional It's a dream come true

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for the lifelong Blues fan, He is still looking for his first

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wind after eight games in charge, but the blues' boss remains upbeat

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and firmly focused on making plans for the future. He has certainly

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been busy during the January transfer window. He's made it six of

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new signings from as far afield as equatorial guinea and is close to

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home as start Bridge. Dan Scarr will always have good reason to love the

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FA Cup, because this goal against Wycombe in round not only cast a man

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of the match performance, it also caught the eye of half a dozen

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professional clubs. But after a week's trial with West Brom, it was

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Birmingham City who won the race to him up. It means a lot, being a

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blues Fan. To be here, training full time with them, couldn't ask for

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much more, really. It's a bit surreal, hasn't really sunk in yet.

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So Dan Scarr has packed in his day job as a part personal fitness

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trainer. He has had goodbye to his friends in Lade, and has jumped up.

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Full-time pro in the championship. Sad to leave, I had some amazing

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times with the FA Cup, if I haven't got game still come down to watch

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them, pop to training. I will never be too far away. His new Permian

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team-mates include Emilio Nsue, Kevin Fry from the Turkish club. He

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is an opportunity Dan Scarr could only dream of until now, no surprise

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to guess his New Year's resolution. A fabulous story. It would be better

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if he could help his new boss to their first wind.

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We keep talking about changing the fortune of the players. Some of the

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players went on to a higher level, we hope he can settle in.

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Fortunately, his day job was a fitness coach, I think he has an

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additive vintage on most people. Turning up to training shouldn't be

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an issue for him, should it? Thank you very much!

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If you're a music lover and want to see your favourite band,

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you're likely to have caught them at one of our big live music

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But where do you go to discover new music?

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In the '70s and '80s, small venues were all around our region -

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Those that remain are getting a boost -

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Our Arts Reporter Satnam Rana joins us from Birmingham City Centre -

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They are getting ready for a gig here tonight. This venue has been

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the talk of the BBC radio six music. One radio host has been doing a show

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from beanie and burn them -- BBC Birmingham. He will be heading down

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later on. An musical community,

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not just for new bands but also for groups who,

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you know, don't they don't play the O2 Arenas or even big 1000-capacity

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venues, but they play to an audience, a really

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enthusiastic audience. They might be slightly musically

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left of centre, but there are no less culturally

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worthy, I think, so it's great that there's a place

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that you can see them. Now by bringing his show to the city

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- Steve Lamacq has also given a platform for some local bands such

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as Goodnight Lenin - here they are with their most recent

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video. And I caught up with them ahead

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of their studio session. It's pretty big for us, we've done

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some stuff for the BBC before but it's nice to do something national.

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Steve is a massive name, we listen to the show, when we were hers. He

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plays awesome music. -- when we were hers. Bit of a legend in the field.

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What about the people that come to these venues? In 2015, five .5

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million people across the West Midlands got their music, live

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music, from small independent venues like this one. But speak to some in

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coming to the gig tonight. What attracts you to these sort of

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venues? The independence of the venue, really. It's quite an

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intimate venue, you can feel like you're around the musicians were

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playing, and integral part to Birmingham's unity. One of the best

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record labels in the world are here come a everybody can drink together.

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You can see a great passion for the live music in the city. It's all

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about supporting upcoming bands and local venues as well. Sounds great,

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thank you very much. Let's find out how it's looking

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for the next few days. Is that Dean going to continue? I'm

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gathering probably yes. -- that beam? Plenty of sunshine out

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there, but whether I not he can fight the fog. Dense fog during the

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morning today, as the day went on or progressed, it started to left and

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we had glorious sunshine. The frost is down, the fog is returning

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tonight. We have ideal conditions for that to form, clearer skies and

:25:29.:25:32.

freezing temperatures. Those temperatures. To pick up towards the

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end of the week. In the meantime, it will be utterly cold. On Thursday,

:25:39.:25:45.

the winds start to veer southeasterly. We have warnings in

:25:46.:25:50.

place for fog and ice. Dense patches once again, tricky conditions,

:25:51.:25:55.

driving conditions into the more. Let's look at it what's happening

:25:56.:26:01.

this evening. The fog began to form, more prominent sports the

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southeastern corner of the region. We could get more frost,

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temperatures will fall to around minus one Celsius, but most places

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where there is cloud, the values will remain above freezing. It will

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be a dry night. Frog and frost, greeting us to start the day

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tomorrow. During the morning, gradually starting to lift. Western

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half of the region that sees the best of the sunshine through the

:26:28.:26:30.

morning. In the East, we start to see another layer of cloud living in

:26:31.:26:35.

from that direction. They'll here for most of the day, it even once

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the fog has dispersed. Temperatures rising to between five Celsius to

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around seven or eight Celsius towards the southwest, with a breeze

:26:46.:26:50.

coming in at a moderate speed. Tomorrow night is a different story.

:26:51.:26:54.

We're not looking how much fog at all and that is because the cloud

:26:55.:26:57.

will start to stretch across the region. It will hold those

:26:58.:27:00.

temperatures to above freezing in some parts, but generally speaking,

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because the air is so cold, below freezing. Widespread frost as we

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head into the day on Thursday. Chilly indeed.

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Tomorrow, we'll be meeting the students from all over

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the world, who're travelling to Coventry to learn how

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Their teacher has 30 years experience protecting the likes

:27:17.:27:19.

of Princess Diana along with the Queen Mother -

:27:20.:27:25.

It all started with the Birmingham pub bombings when a lot of us were

:27:26.:27:31.

taken from CID to protection work and it went on from there. I was

:27:32.:27:35.

lucky enough to be involved with the protection of some of the royal

:27:36.:27:39.

family. Princess Diana and the Queen Mother Tomic particularly when they

:27:40.:27:43.

were visiting the Midlands. That is on tomorrow's programme. We will be

:27:44.:27:47.

back tonight You might get the impression

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that history is just a record Very often,

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the line between fact and fiction In this series, I'm exploring how

:27:58.:28:04.

three turning points in our history have been manipulated to become

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our greatest historical legends. I want to be entertained.

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Entertain me. It's the last chance

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to impress the judges. What have you been up to?

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Something grubby?

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