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100 firefighters tackle a major incident at a warehouse

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on an industrial estate in Worcester.

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I've never seen so much smoke in my whole life.

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No one in the Worcester area can have missed the huge fire here

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today. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Targetting the tippers,

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a series of raids across to find those responsible

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for illegally dumping waste. Looking at the evidence, really

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looking for financial records, other information that will further our

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own investigation and really make sure that we can hold

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these people to account. Join me in Birmingham as the city

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honours the bravest of the brave. One man's mission to track

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and record the snakes which are disappearing

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from our countryside. And the cloud

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hasn't hampered temperatures today but the northwesterly wind

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will by the weekend. Who would have thought

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it was spring? But some of you could with some rain

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- all the details later. A major fire has

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destroyed a delivery company's Black smoke could be seen billowing,

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as far as away as Malvern. More than 100 firefighters

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were needed to bring the blaze under control,

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luckily no one was injured. Sarah Bishop has been

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speaking to those affected. The smoke was unreal, thick, black

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smoke. It was towering high in the sky. Never seen that much smoke in

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my whole life. Pretty scared. It could be seen from 30 miles away. A

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warehouse is the size of four football pitches up in smoke. When a

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fire crews arrived at 8:30am, they knew they had a fight on their

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hands. The first challenge was getting close to the building. With

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the amount of heat. We have had to rotate crews working in these

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arduous conditions. A member of staff initially spotted the

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beginnings of the fire and tried to but it -- put it out with a fire

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extinguisher. 150 staff were clear sorting and delivering bulky

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furniture. The only thing that matters is that there has been no

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loss of life. Stock can be replaced. Operations can resume. There is no

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loss of life. With the estate evacuated, the fire was the talk of

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Worcester. I could see flames from where I was. I got a bit of video on

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my phone. Shortly after, I saw a gas bottle explode and shoot into the

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sky. I wondered if we were going to get close down temporarily while

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they put the fire out. There are no immediate clues as to what caused

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the fire, an investigation is underway.

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And Sarah is at the warehouse this evening, so, Sarah,

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Things have scaled back quite a lot in the last few hours. Still quite a

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lot of activity with police and fire crews. Into the warehouse, you can

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see the tangled mass of steel. It buckles at 600 Celsius. It's still

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likely to be a couple of hundred degrees Celsius inside the warehouse

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tonight. Richard Jordan Watts, what will be happening tonight? We had a

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very severe fire and operations are now scaled back but crews will stay

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back damping down small pockets of fire to make sure the building is

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fully extinguished. What about the investigation. You've had

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investigators in today. How'd you go about finding the cause of the fire?

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It's a very competitive process because much of the building has

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been destroyed by fire. We will be talking to witnesses and looking at

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CCTV to establish the cause. Will take several days to establish what

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has happened today. A major incident. 150 staff safely evacuated

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and over 100 Hereford and Worcester firefighters safe tonight. Sarah,

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thank you for the update. More than

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40 police officers and officials from the environment agency,

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have carried out a series of raids - targeting people suspected

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of dumping waste illegally. Three addresses

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were searched in Staffordshire and another in Herefordshire,

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where a man was arrested. In the past twelve months,

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there's been a steep increase in illegal dumping in old factories

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and warehouses in the West Midlands - leading to big clean up costs

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and health hazards for locals. On an industrial estate

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in Staffordshire months of investigation lead

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to a swoop on a haulage yard. Police looking at the site, it seems

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as though there is nobody here at the moment. We are forcing entry to

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get in and seize evidence. This one of

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two raids on the Moorlands, there was a third in Stoke-on-Trent

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and a fourth in Ledbury in Herefordshire

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where a man was taken into custody. Today's raids are connected to

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illegal dumping of waste at 20 sites, waste amounting to in excess

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of 25,000 tonnes. Part of an operation

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intended to protect people and the places where they live

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from an increasingly common crime. It is a blight on the landscape. We

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are working closely with other agencies to limit it and manage

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ongoing sites to make sure any risks are mitigated. I can understand how

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the public feel, it is not nice to have near you. We are working with

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the Environment Agency to get on top of it as quickly as we can.

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Bales of rubbish wrapped in plastic lifted into place by unscrupulous

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gangs, paid by individuals or businesses,

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simply to get rid - no questions asked.

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Criminals can fill a warehouse just like this in a matter of days, even

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hours, with this type of waste. It's one of the biggest challenges

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facing the environment agency, they've described waste

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crime as the new narcotics and one they're urging all of us

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to play a part in tackling. Any business that produces waste,

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you need to know where it's going. Any landowner that is being

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approached to rent land, if it seems too good to be true, it almost

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certainly is. Take your responsibilities seriously. Culprits

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face a jail term of five years. Rewards can be lucrative but

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investigators say they will follow the money and where they can recover

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it. A jury's been sent out to consider

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verdicts in the trial accused of carrying out

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"completely unnecessary" operations, Ian Paterson denies 20 counts

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of wounding with intent - against nine women and one man -

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between 1997 and 2011. The trial heard his alleged

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motive might have been Gerard Coyne, who's challenging

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Len McCluskey to lead Unite, as the union's

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West Midlands Regional Secretary. It's understood an email

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was sent to Unite members and staff informing them

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of Mr Coyne's suspension. The move comes as counting

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is about to get under way, DNA results have confirmed

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that a body found in woods, who went missing

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from near Bridgnorth last year. The 33-year-old

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was last seen leaving his home A man's body was discovered

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in woodland area, by a member An inquest into his death

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will open on Monday. The train company, London Midland,

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has been forced to lay on buses - after experiencing overcrowding

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on some services at Bromsgrove The company maintains that the

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bus service is a temporary measure, because of increased off-peak travel

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during the Easter holiday - but passengers using

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the new multi-million pound station I suppose, you come to a train

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station expecting a service that you're going to be getting

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on the train. We've got a fantastic

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new station and no trains. I mean, they are very

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short trains, at that. To be fair, it's been

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going a long time. We've got a lovely station

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but we don't appear people living in seven areas

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of the West Midlands will go to the polls, to select

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the West Midlands metro mayor. There's no gold chain and it's not

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about opening school fetes. This mayor will be

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a directly elected politician making decisions

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that impact the lives Think Giuliani, think BoJo,

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this person will represent us to the rest of the country

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and even the rest of the world. And you can watch Elizabeth Glinka's

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special report in full, on our Facebook page -

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facebook.com/midlandstoday But this afternoon

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all six candidates - actual size, have been

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facing our Political Editor, Patrick Burns, in a special debate

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programme, and Patrick joins me now. I know you don't want to give too

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much away but what can you tell us about it? A unique event. All six

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contenders are therefore it. The only televised debate of this kind

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coming at a unique moment even the backdrop of Brexit and all that

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follows and the general election as well. Inevitably, the candidates for

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the two biggest parties in this contest were vying with each other

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from the start over which of them is best placed to lead through this

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period of leaving the European Union.

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The government are looking particularly at areas like this that

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have got a manufacturing future and were thinking with them...

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That might be what they tell you that, if you read

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what they are doing, it's all about defending financial

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services, they don't say a word about manufacturing.

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They've invested in the London taxi company.

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They've invested in electric vehicles they're investing

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It's the Lib Dems who have made a signature issue of Brexit, or

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anti-Brexit, they have a clear anti-Brexit message. Their candidate

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who has staged a number of expositions at manufacturing parts

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of the country said she would be keen to give strong and clear

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leadership during this period. It isn't just about Birmingham

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alone, it's about the whole of the West Midlands,

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how, by coming together, we are Yeah, we've got lots of nice, glitzy

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stores and statues in the city centre but the districts,

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the outlying districts Plenty of subjects to cover but one

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of the mayor's major responsibilities is transport. What

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have they said about that? One of the main subjects is whether the M6

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toll road should be brought into public ownership. That is the policy

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of the cob unit candidate and the Labour candidate. But many have said

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that you cannot do that without considerable cost.

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For example, there's 115 kilometres of railway lines disused

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Bluntly speaking, round about the peak times,

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90-95% of HGVs already use the M6 toll.

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It will have a unfit but it is not going to solve

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I asked about voter fatigue but they said, we come first. What about

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political editor fatty? No rest for the wicked.

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And you can watch the full debate in a special programme

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A Mayor For The Midlands at 10.45 tonight, here on BBC1.

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Thanks for joining us on BBC Midlands Today.

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Also in tonight's programme - a chip off the old block,

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preparing for the European judo championships -

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coached by his Dad, a former Olympic medallist.

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We're tracking adders at a secret location

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in Herefordshire and this is the first one we found.

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A Midlands Air Ambulance aircrew, who saved the life of a pregnant

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woman after she'd been stabbed, are to receive a special award.

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12 Pride of Birmingham awards are being given out tonight,

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to recognise acts of bravery and compassion in the second city.

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There's a glitzy red carpet event at the University of Birmingham -

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Plenty to celebrate tonight. There is. Indeed. Plenty of excitable

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faces going into the beautiful great Hall at Birmingham University. It's

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a box of tissues they need with the courageous, inspiring stories of

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people from aged nine up to 80 winning a pride of Birmingham award,

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in its fourth year, going from strength to strength. Albee hearing

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about some of those inspirational stories celebrated here tonight.

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March 2016 and the Midlands air ambulance received a call to visit a

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woman who has been repeatedly stabbed.

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40-year-old Natalie Querioz, who was eight months pregnant,

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was attacked by her partner in Sutton Coldfield.

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We suddenly have not one life that was in danger but too.

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Thanks to the swift response of the air crew based at Cosford,

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The medical team are honoured tonight

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I wouldn't be here and my daughter wouldn't be here if it wasn't for

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the air ambulance and that's a fact. I ran up to the tunnel and there was

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a chap standing in the middle of the road.

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For outstanding bravery, great granddad Anthony Mathers

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who fended off a car jacking gang armed

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with a gun and knife in Acocks Green last November.

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I had blood running down my arm. I didn't feel scared at all.

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Bradley Addison was a promising footballer,

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who played with Aston Villa's youth academy,

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But he was diagnosed with the life-limiting condition,

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He took up powerchair football and has gone on to raise

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tens of thousands of pounds to help other sufferers.

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I would like to play for England but I don't know if that will happen. I

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would like to win, either a cup or a leak soon. Bradley, you are amazing.

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Mummy loves you and you are the best.

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Facing fear in whatever guise - but all showing immense

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We have noddy Holder, Ross Kemp and others walking the red carpet but it

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is really all about people like this man here. Founder of the Langerak

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Association here in Birmingham tonight. Unexpected, no doubt? Of

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course. One thing you have done is provide 5000 meals a week for

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homeless people. That's right. To be honest, I didn't expect it at all.

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Absolutely overwhelmed. You looked gobsmacked. Have good awards

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ceremony. Let's talk to the editor of the Birmingham mail. Mark, what

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is it about this event that makes it so special to people in the eyes of

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the city now? It is something that Birmingham doesn't do often enough

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which is to celebrate ordinary me is doing extraordinary things. This

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year, we've taken the award to the next level Cosby want to do even

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more to celebrate those heroes. How on earth do you select the bravest

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of the brave? How do you deny someone an award and give someone

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another? It is not about denying people awards, it is about telling

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stories. These are the very best stories we can find, told in the

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best way. In the Birmingham mail we've been telling their stories for

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a long time. Thank you very much indeed. Enjoy your evening. The 12

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winners will be short listed for the daily Mirror pride of Britain awards

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later in the year. Some sad news

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from the world of athletics. The Olympic high jump

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silver medallist, Germaine Mason, has died in a motorbike

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crash in Jamaica. 34-year-old Mason

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spent much of his sporting after switching nationality

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to represent Great Britain. He was competing for

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the Birchfield Harriers club at the time he won the silver

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in Beijing in 2008. The Staffordshire swimmer,

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Adam Peaty, says he was frustrated as he won the 50 metre breast stroke

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title at the British Championships. He finished six hundredths of a

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second outside the record in the final. It was his second gold medal

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after the 100 metres title on Tuesday.

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The British judo team start out on the road to the Olympics

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in Tokyo in 2020 this week - as they compete at the European

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They've been preparing for the first major tournament

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at their performance centre in Walsall.

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And for one of the team - it will be a real family affair.

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23-year-old Brummie Max Stewart is preparing for his first European

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judo championships and he couldn't have a better mentor.

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Because his coach is dad Dennis, an Olympic bronze

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medallist at the games in Seoul almost 30 years ago.

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I don't really look at it like pressure. More of a competition or

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challenge. If he has a medal somewhere, I want to do the same or

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better. I always believed he could do it. Seeing him getting there is

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ticking the box is. I spent him to do it. The other side of me is quite

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proud and looking forward to it. British Judo have

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high hopes for Max. He's moved up a weight and is

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thriving against the bigger men. The 81 kilo category was more

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tactical and here there are more throws. It is more suited to my

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style. This could be the first real opportunity to see who will be the

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big stars of Tokyo 2020. Those promising younger

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players include 20-year-old Officially she's still a junior

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but impressive performances have seen her given an opportunity

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to mix it with the seniors I've done quite a few seniors this

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year. Getting up to that level before so I can get a feel for it

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and not chucking me into the deep end straightaway.

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For all of them the big motivation is the 2020 Olympics.

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Japan is the spiritual home of judo and no-one wants to miss

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the opportunity to compete in the Tokyo games.

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Nick Clitheroe BBC Midlands Today Walsall.

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A hoard of gold coins found stashed in a old piano in Shropshire,

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has been officially declared as treasure.

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The discovery was made before Christmas, when the piano's current

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The stash hasn't been valued yet - but it's said to be worth

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The tuner who found the hoard and Bishops Castle Community College,

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which owns the piano, will share a reward.

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I can't say that I was not perturbed. It was only when we got

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back to the office and realise there was a very large quantity of gold

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that it's sunk in to us all. Oh gosh! What's going on? It's amazing.

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If snakes aren't your thing, you might want to look away now!

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Because snakes - and more particularly adders -

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are an important part of our countryside.

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But the population has dwindled to such an extent,

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there are none left in many parts of the country,

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That's why a reptile ecologist, who adores snakes, is tracking

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Joanne Writtle joined him at a secret location in Herefordshire.

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In wild Herefordshire countryside reptile ecologist Nigel Hand

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and volunteer Nick Saunders search for adders.

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This is a male. They are smaller with a lighter coloured body.

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We can't say where we are because adder

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Nigel's tagging them for a National Trust study.

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I've been passionate about them since I was a small boy. They are

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important in the countryside. They are predators and they are hunted

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themselves. filmed two males fighting over

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a female at the start Despite tracking 60 adders

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nationally for six years it's the first time they've

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seen this behaviour. I'm very proud to see this. It's one

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of the top ten wildlife spectacles, in my opinion.

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And later we find one of the two males who were fighting

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There's still no sign of females though.

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But within hours, patience pays dividends...

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This is only the third female snake they've managed to tag in this area.

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I think she's about 15 years old, they can live till about 30.

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Adder numbers are falling due to factors like urbanisation.

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But this female is a strong healthy half metre long.

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This is significant. This is a breeding female. We know there is a

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male in the area as well. Superb. This is a nice finish to the day. He

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seems happy in his work. If you've not been with us this

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week, you may be wondering why we have a new backdrop -

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we're in the process So for the next couple

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of weeks Shefali will be on the balcony,

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with the forecast. So you'll be hoping

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for a dry fortnight. Absolutely, a calm one too -

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we've done well so far and that's in spite

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of the cloud today - All it took was a bit of blue

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sky to raise our hopes We could even see some

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sunshine by the weekend - but Saturday's the best day

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for that, I reckon. A cooler feel to things

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over the weekend as well and the change in wind direction

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is all down to this cold front across the north starting

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to drift southwards. Not much rain along it,

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all because of the high pressure but once it's cleared which won't be

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until the end of tomorrow, we'll see temperatures drop

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and a touch of frost - a few mist patches into

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the start of Saturday. So this evening through

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to tonight then - the odd clearer spells

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here and there but a predominantly cloudy picture with some

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splashes of rain, otherwise dry. And with that blanket of cloud

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across trapping the heat, a really mild night with most places

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seeing temperatures But a lot of cloud

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lingers through tomorrow - a bit of sunshine at times

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but generally dull and mostly dry - even less likelihood of rain

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than today but as warm in the southwest with a top

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temperature of 16 Celsius the winds already beginning to swing

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around to the northwest. So this is the outlook

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for the next few days then - clearer skies into the start

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of Saturday with some sunny spells. Chilly with a touch of frost

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and some fog but dry through much of the weekend with more in the way

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of cloud through Sunday And on tomorrow's Midlands Today

:25:28.:25:31.

we'll be talking wine. Rebecca Wood has been

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to a local vineyard, to find out about one of the fastest

:25:36.:25:38.

growing agricultural sectors - and how last year's weather

:25:39.:25:41.

helped make it a vintage year Some news just reaching us. The

:25:42.:25:57.

former Ukip Aleida Nigel Farage has said he will not stand in the

:25:58.:26:00.

general election. That's all from us. We'll be back

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NEWSREADER: 'The UK has voted to leave the European Union

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'Ukip leader Nigel Farage celebrated the result,

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'declaring that dawn was breaking on an independent nation.'

:26:34.:26:36.

'Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to resign

:26:37.:26:41.

'The pound fell sharply as the referendum result became apparent,

:26:42.:26:53.

'and traders are bracing themselves for panic when the markets open.'

:26:54.:26:59.

'And England are confident of advancing to the next stage

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