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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. so it's goodbye from me.

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The headlines tonight: One of the biggest cold calling

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The advertising company who conned people out of thousands of pounds.

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The brutal, honest and awful truth is that Best cost them at their

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home. They were in debt aged 80 on a pension.

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Also tonight: An unbearable sight and stench of animal waste -

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complaints from local businesses near an abattoir.

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The Worcestershire woman who lost half her body weight in a year -

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I have gone from having no confidence to having quite a bit of

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confidence. To going out, enjoying life... Forget Bollywood, I'm in

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West Bromwich for the UK premiere of a Punjabi film shot in Birmingham

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and the Black Country. And if you think it's been

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cold today, temperatures are going to drop even further

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as we head towards the weekend, It has become the biggest

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cold-calling scam A multi-million pound fraud

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which started with a phone call selling advertising space

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and resulted in people being conned The final sentences

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were handed down today. Kiera Byrne from Coventry was given

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a 23-month suspended jail sentence The fraud was uncovered by BBC

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Inside Out six years ago. That led to a huge operation

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by Trading Standards teams, unpicking the true extent

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of the fraud and the families who'd For years, Jonathan Rivers

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masqueraded as a legitimate businessman, employing 250 people

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at twelve different offices. His company, Wyvern Media,

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cold-called customers offering them advertising space

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in local newspapers. What happened to my parents is

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astonishing. Seven years on, it still keeps me awake at night. This

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man was one of hundreds conned by rivers who used his businesses to

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rip people off. Among them Jon Moyle

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from Shropshire, who back in 2010 When Wyvern Media spotted he wanted

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to rent out an apartment they cold-called him relentlessly,

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pressuring him into Over a two-year period they took

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over thirty thousand pounds. They just persist of the whole time.

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I just wanted to get rid of it because I had so much else on my

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mind. In reality, the adverts Wyvern Media

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pressured customers into buying Most were in free newspapers

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with tiny circulations. This is the rest of the property

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that we seized from Derby. The five year investigation by Trading

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Standards, led by Steve Wyatt became the biggest in their history. They

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pick the elaborate web of companies that Jonathan Rivers used to conceal

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his fraudulent activities. When you will be complicated, but we didn't

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have any idea just how big this was going to get.

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But justice came too late for victim Jon Moyle, who died.

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The brutal, honest, awful truth is that this cost them their house.

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They were in debt, aged 80, on a pension. My mother was ever so brave

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and she put the house on the market for my dad, but within about a month

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of that happening, February 2011, my mother died.

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And Jonathan Rivers is currently serving a six-year sentence.

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The manager of the investigations team at Nottinghamshire County

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Council Trading Standards is James Delaney.

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I spoke to him a little earlier about the work involved in bringing

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This was the largest investigation that the Trading Standards team has

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been involved in. It focused on a group of companies called the Wyvern

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Media Group that sold advertising and published it. It involved a

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network of up to 90 companies that produced 230 plus publications.

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What were the challenges you faced investigating this scam?

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Absolutely. They set of the business itself, how it was organised, it was

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an industrial scale fraud. And the challenges that were identifying how

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far this company actually reached. Won so huge distress to the victims?

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Yes. The victims in that case, unfortunately, are no longer with us

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today, but I have no doubt in my mind that the stress that was caused

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to them through those actions will have impacted on their final years.

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Scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated, what can people do

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I would ask anybody to be extremely wary about any business who cold

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calls them, especially if they try and pressurise them into making a

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decision or a sale there and then. I would always advise people to do

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their own research. So don't make decisions on the spot. On the

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sentencing, a suspended sentence of 23 months. What is your reaction? In

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terms of the sentences that were given out today, I would say we were

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disappointed that they did not get custodial. However, this was part of

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a much wider investigation. We have had 12 convictions now and over 15

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and a half years worth of custodial sentences handed down as part of the

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overall operation, so as a whole, we are extremely pleased with the

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result. If you have a similar story or have

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been the victim of a scam, do get in touch. You can contact us in the

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usual ways. That's the plea from businesses

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near an abattoir in Birmingham, who say the sight and stench

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of animal waste is unbearable. Midlands Today has been shown images

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of what appears to be blood outside It previously traded as Mr Meats,

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but lost its licence following an investigation

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by the Food Standards Agency in October 2015,

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following years of complaints. The abattoir now has

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a new license to operate. You may find some of the images in

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Ben Godfrey's report distressing. These images appear to show

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animal blood in the yard of AJ Meats in Digbeth,

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an abbatoir supplying halal meat. We're told they were

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taken this morning. When we arrived trade

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was continuing, from the roadside there were no visible

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signs of waste. But surrounding firms

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have had enough. It is so bad, the smell is pungent

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and stronger we all suffer around it. All the businesses are generally

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suffering. We to the problems last time they would sort it out and

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there will be more stringent rules in place that would stop them

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starting up again. 2015, when piles of sheep

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carcasses and offal appeared in the same yard, discarded

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and exposed to the elements. At that time, it was run

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by different company, known as Mr Meats, who were eventually

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shut down by the food watchdog. So what did the new

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owners have to say? We have tried on several occasions

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to get an answer from the company, but as you can see, nobody is

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responding. A short time later,

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we were approached by a worker. He told us they were a clean

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operation but added that occasionally there may be some

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spillage of waste while Tonight, the Food Standards Agency

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told us following complaints they have stationed an official

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there this week to work They add, "In October 2016

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conditional approval was granted "The FSA will continue

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to monitor their compliance "with the relevant

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requirements of food law." Local businessman Peter Hughes says

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the authorities must be tougher. The new owners have barely been

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operating to months. When the temperature increases what

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is the smell going to be like then? Won they would say this is an

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abattoir, there will be some smelly, inevitably? That is fine and we

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understand the kind of animal smells that you would expect of an

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abattoir. The real issues here are the poor controls.

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Whether they like it or not, all eyes are on them.

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An entire lorry-load of old fridges and freezers have been dumped

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The 21 appliances were pushed off the back of a truck

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The lorry was caught on CCTV but had no number plates.

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The fridges have since been disposed of.

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Walsall Council say it's the latest in a catalogue

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of flytipping problems, which cost the taxpayers four hundred

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We want them to prosper, to look good.

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Nobody, at the end of the day, wants to turn down a road and see

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such a dangerous site of fly-tipping without a care for any of the

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The funeral of a teenager who died after a long

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running battle with cancer, was held at the Coventry

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15-year-old Rosie Abbott was diagnosed in 2012,

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but embarked on a series of fundraising events raising more

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Two years ago she won the Radio One Teenage Hero award.

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Hundreds paid tribute at her funeral, including friends

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Whatever's happening to her, she would just get on with it.

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Everyone would just feel so happy around her.

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You could be having a very bad day and

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she would come down as she would just smile

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She was the most incredible person ever.

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Really inspirational and just really kind.

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Police have released footage of a Walsall shopkeeper

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The man seen here attempted to raid Kobani Stores

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on West Bromwich Street using a hand gun just before midnight

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Police have praised the owner of the shop who sprayed mace

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in the face of the robber, who then ran off.

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Officers are asking anyone who recognises

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The headteacher of a school in Birmingham has written

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to parents, warning them not to allow their children out

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It follows an attack on a group of Year Ten pupils on Friday night,

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in which a teenager was wounded with a knife.

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A local shopkeeper and a cyclist were also attacked by

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Our reporter Nicola Beckford is at Colmers School in Rednal now.

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There was an extraordinary series of attacks last Friday in South

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Birmingham and as you say, it happened at around nine o'clock, the

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first attack. The shopkeeper was attacked. He was attacked outside a

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shop by a mob of youths. Up to 20 of them attacked him. But he was

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determined to defend his shop. It is not the first time this has happened

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and he was not going to take this. So he went out to try and fight them

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off, but he was set upon with hammers. They beat him to the

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ground, he did not want us to show that moment. Then, a cyclist was

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attacked at Macdonald is on the Bristol Road just outside. And it

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finally culminated with a group of boys from Colmers School being

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attacked, one was stabbed. What have the school had to say? I spoke to

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the head teacher today and they are in deep shock. They say they are

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recovering, but they are indeed in deep shock. He sent a letter to

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parents and carers and in it, you said that until the size, identity

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and group of the known, I asked you to bring your children from being

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out in public after dark. In other words come he does not think it is a

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good idea for children and his pupils to be all sides night

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unaccompanied. I also spoke to some local people to get their reaction

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about this and this is what they said.

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And especially in the supermarket car park.

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There, after ten at night, you will see nothing but

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So where is the safety for the public around here?

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There's been a lot of trouble since that college down there was built.

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You get gangs and kids coming from the

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But after 13 or 14, if there's two or three,

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Mr Doherty, the headteacher, said these were nice boys, not boys

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looking for trouble. The police said they have arrested five people for

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robbery and assault and the boy and the shopkeeper are both recovering.

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Thank you. Bed blocking continues to be

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a problem for six health trusts in our region,

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which have recorded their highest ever number of days lost to delays

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in discharging patients. The incidents happen when patients

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no longer need to be in hospital, but other suitable care

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isn't in place. Areas affected include

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the Wye Valley, But in Dudley, health services

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are being radically re-organised so more patients can be kept

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out of hospital. They are trying to create a ?3.5bn

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ten-year contract to bring health Here's our Health Correspondent,

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Michele Paduano. My hips hurt, my back hurt and I was

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in terrible pain. And that was it. I was just feeling very down.

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Barry Rose is one of the 2% most in need of long-term care in Dudley.

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He has diabetes and severe arthritis, but isolation was also

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He's one of 30 cases being discussed at this team meeting.

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The last solution was to get him to a breakfast club

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With the breakfast club, I can now talk to the people who I find all a

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lot worse than I was. It makes me feel better. And it is the best

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thing I've ever done. Simple interventions like this can

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keep poorly patients out What we've seen so far is like a 30%

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reduction in GP visit since the projects began. It saves probably

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around ?2000 estimated based on 38 clients.

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It might seem obvious to get everyone who delivers care together.

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But traditionally, it doesn't happen.

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The social worker works for the council.

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This nurse for a mental health trust.

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This man has the task of creating one ?350m

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They want us to work across the organisation and within the NHS, to

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work better together and provide them in much better coordinate care.

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We would use the team and terminal without Walls, enabling our staff to

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work effectively with each other. But there are consequences,

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particularly for hospitals. These are big changes. At least ?30

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million and rumour has it up to ?50 million of funding that goes to the

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hospital will now go to this new organisation. And then there are

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fears its privatisation, the private company taking over the whole

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contract. The NHS here thinks it's

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the right way to go, bringing care closer

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to those who need it. A whistle-blower has claimed that

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staff at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch were pressured

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into admitting patients to a "virtual ward" to avoid

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breaching the government's But the Worcestershire Acute

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Hospitals Trust says while it's found cases of "poor recording"

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by staff, there is no evidence staff were trying

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to defraud the system. Thanks for joining us

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on Midlands Today, we'll have your detailed weather

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forecast to come shortly. Also in tonight's programme: Rolling

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out the red carpet for the premiere of a film made in the Midlands

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with local talent. And the mystery of the animal graves

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next to a small Shropshire Church - A woman from Worcestershire's lost

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half her body weight and is now free from diabetes,

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after having a gastric We filmed Michelle Clayton last

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February, as she prepared She told us she was doing it so she

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could see her daughter grow up. I don't feel like I'm missing out

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on anything, which is half the Michelle Clayton's unrecognisable

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from when we filmed her a year ago. I have three or four

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Slim Fasts a day. This was the mum from

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Pershore preparing for her It's just a whole

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life-changing scenario really. Gone from having no confidence

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to quite a bit of confidence, Here you go, this is my typical

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lunch, on a side plate. And that is enough

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for me to fill me up. And there's no going back

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to big meals, but this sacrifice means she'll get

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to see her daughter grow up. She even told me I am

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quite a trendy mum now. She's come back to the

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Worcestershire Royal Michelle's weight loss means she no

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longer has type-two diabetes. Looking at the results,

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you've done really well. She's now no longer having

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any treatment for her diabetes and that is a major,

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major benefit for her and her future And with soaring costs

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for treating diabetes, the NHS is increasing its spending

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on operations like these. In this region, we are seeing

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progress in more funding for this type of and it is being

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recognised that these patients can benefit hugely from this

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kind of treatment. For Michelle, it's time to get out

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of the baggy jumpers The red carpet premiere

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of a new film shot and made across Birmingham and the Black Country

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is taking place in My Beloved Non-Resident

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Indian is a comedy about a young man coming

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from the subcontinent to the Midlands for the first time

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to impress his girlfriend's mother. He soon realises the streets aren't

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necessarily paved with gold. It was written and directed

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by a film-maker from Shirley, and recruited around 150

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local actors and crew Our reporter Amy Cole

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is in West Bromwich for us now. From tonight's UK premiere

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here in West Bromwich, to the film being jam-packed

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with landmarks and popular sites Apologies for the loss of sound

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that. Archaeologists have been racing

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against time at a dig next Experts have discovered evidence

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of a much larger church But they have been up

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against the clock, because a wedding is due

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to take place this weekend In amongst a big housing development

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in Shrewsbury, there's a tiny 12th And in front of it,

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archaeologists called in as part of planning conditions

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who have uncovered foundation showing the church

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was once much bigger. Surrounding another 17 metres

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from the original church They found an ancient

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animal burial ground. What we have here is a double

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animal burial, which is incredibly unusual in itself and

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complete with a prehistoric flints tool at the base, we have a calf

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buried with a pig. This is a very large dog that

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appears to have died in childbirth and is

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buried with six chickens. I've never heard of

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anything like it before. So this could mean these

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predate the church, so they were here well before

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this was consecrated ground, or there is some

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other bizarre explanation. Well, there are builders

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working, there's archaeologists digging,

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it is chaos here! But in the church, it's

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like entering a completely different Services continue as normal

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amid the busyness outdoors. What do worshippers think

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of the discoveries? We are absolutely

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amazed and thrilled and think perhaps now our church

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will be on the map. People will actually

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know we are here. I grew up around here,

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so it is lovely to know that this site is much richer

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than we ever thought And the priest now knows his church

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once had a bigger presence. Everybody has thought

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this is a tiny little church and even refer

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to it as a shed, totally inconsequential

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and on the edge of Shrewsbury, and yet, obviously, once, it was much

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bigger and much more important. The animal and some

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human remains will eventually be reburied in a funeral

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service and the ground will be made into a car park, but with special

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building material which will be And the Archaelogical team have been

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in touch with us today to say that at the end of today's dig,

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they uncovered a wooden doorpost which they believe could be the key

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to proving that an Anglo Saxon It'll now be sent off

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for dating and analysis. Let 's receiving can return to the

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film premiere. It is great that this film features some landmarks on

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popular sites from Birmingham and the Black Country. Let 's talk to

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the producer now. It is very showcased in the film. What did you

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go to Birmingham? I've lived here the last 26 years, I am from

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Wolverhampton. Basically, all the other film-makers go for London and

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they underestimate the Black Country. There is so much to

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explore. That is why we decided to shoot in Birmingham. Of course, it

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has its world premiere and is being shown worldwide. Do you think it

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will attract other Indian -based directors to maybe think about

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coming to the West Midlands to shoot here rather than go to London?

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Definitely. We were talking yesterday to other directors and

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they are planning to shoot in Birmingham. They have already

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scripted the films and they are already planning to shoot here in

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Birmingham. That is great news. And also joined by this actor, who will

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you will probably recognise from Goodness Gracious Me! What is it

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like being in this form? You play the father of the main character's

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girlfriend. I was involved from day one. He turned up with this piece of

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work with the script and we looked at it and the audience he was

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looking to make it four, by setting it in Birmingham... And yet the

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other 50% is out in India! It has been a real joy working with the

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crew that has come from India, working in Birmingham and I am so

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happy that as a location, that this film has been made here. Lets hope

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for big audiences both the and in India.

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Yes, there have been reports. But there is the potential of this

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weekend to see some snow falling somewhere. It is very cold out

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there. This is a scene repeated right away across the West Midlands

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Today. We had slate grey skies everywhere. It has been very cold

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and temperatures only got a tee-macro Celsius in some places and

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we are already in minus figures in places. This weekend, it will stay

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increasingly chilly. It will be very cold. Temperatures staying around

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zero. We have plenty of cloud to, and we could start to see some

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wintry showers. Tonight, we still have that is delete feed drinking

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game that much colder air. It is starting to establish itself and

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will be a chilly night. As we see those winds blowing game, that cold

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air Contin used and eye on the map because it is a very cold night. We

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are starting to see the cloud squeeze out the odd shower as that

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means the colder air. It is likely to fall as sleet, possibly snow. It

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probably won't cause too much trouble. Temperatures of minus one.

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A little better in the centre of the region. There is an ice risks

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tomorrow morning, so take care. We continue to see wintry showers

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through the day and it will be a cloudy day, with temperatures not

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doing well at all. They should get to about 2-3 C at best, but the wind

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will be stronger tomorrow, so it's will feel colder. Tomorrow night,

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cold. Starting to see a little more in the way of wintry flurries as we

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head over night and again, temperatures dip to minus one.

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Saturday, more organised showers blowing from the east and there is

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the potential they could cause snow accumulations at low levels.

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Goodbye, I will be by later. OK, everyone, have you got

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your bamboo sticks? If you just paint

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what you want to paint, I've turned around,

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my painting washes away. ..and take on

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The Big Painting Challenge. Remember, you're not painting

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a pond.

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