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The headlines tonight: news teams where you are.

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Businesses assessing the damage and counting the cost

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after a wartime bomb was blown up in Birmingham.

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Live machine not working, if machine fall down or anything, that would be

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a big loss. Contractors are due back this evening to start is the clear

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up and try to get things back to normal.

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Also tonight, victims of sexual abuse decades ago

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at a Worcestershire school fear they'll never get justice.

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I was frightened every day. You couldn't close your eyes at night

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because you didn't know who would jump into your bed.

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They only elected their MP 12 weeks ago: so how do voters in Stoke feel

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about going to the polls again so soon?

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Back in working order thanks to dedicated volunteers,

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a fourteenth century water mill that's been derelict for years.

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And if this is what you get for putting up with today's

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incessant rain then it will have been worth it.

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Almost an inch of rainfall over 12 hours but improving tomorrow.

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Good evening, businesses in Birmingham have been assessing

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the damage caused by the controlled explosion of a wartime

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One owner says he's losing thousands of pounds a day and doesn't know

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when it'll be safe to go back inside his building.

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The 500l device was discovered on Monday morning,

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and was judged to be too dangerous to be moved.

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Well, here in the shadows of the Aston Express Way,

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we've been able to see for the first time today exactly where the bomb

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was found after all these years, and the huge cavity left

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after the controlled explosion yesterday.

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It's caused major damage for some businesses on this

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industrial estate and speaking to one owner here today he says he's

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worried he could lose A lot of trade.

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The full impact of yesterday's controlled explosion

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is still being felt by a number of businesses on the Priory

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Today, they're dealing with the aftermath.

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Zakir Husain's warehouse is just yards

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from where the bomb was found, and took the full force.

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He says he's now lost three days of production and it's costing him.

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worried I'll lose customers because of this.

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He's not sure whether or not it's structurally safe

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His neighbour next door though says he couldn't wait any longer.

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of production and I need to get deliveries out.

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Are you convinced it is safe to return to work? Yes, I checked, and

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looked for breakages and leaks and anything. I found it was OK to

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operate. had lay undiscovered here for more

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than 70 years and is one of the biggest devices of its kind

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to be found on British soil. Fred Groves was just

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a lad at the time. Still living round the corner now,

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he lived through the bombings They were dropping all around. The

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only thing you remember is the noise and the explosions. Because my

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parents would keep the confined to the air raid shelter. I could stick

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my head out sometimes. Looking at the searchlights was quite a novelty

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for a bad of my age. -- a lad. It could be days before Mr Husain's

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business is back to normal. He says the priority now should be

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to clear the roads, so suppliers can So, Laura, what has the council had

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to say about the clear up operation? Well, we've been told

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that the contractors are due here tonight to start clearing up

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this sand and that needs to happen first so they can assess

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any long-lasting damage. When the Army were carrying out

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the controlled explosion yesterday 250 tonnes of sand was brought

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in on 13 trucks - to take the full force of the blast -

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so it's going to take Has to take place. Thankfully, the

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controlled explosion was successful because the situation could have

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been a lot worse. Police investigating the sexual

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abuse of boys at a school in Worcestershire decades ago say

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they've sent a file It comes more than 2.5 years

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after the BBC uncovered allegations against Catholic monks

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who ran St Gilberts. No-one's been charged though

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and some of the victims fear 50 years on, Paul Sprason

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is still looking for peace. In the 1960s, aged 13, he was packed

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off to a Catholic-run approved school full of delinquents

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and runaways from Birmingham. He went on to spend 30 years

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in a series of jails - but he says that school

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and the abuse he suffered Not just by one person. Two or three

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holding you down, sexually assaulting you. It was rape.

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St Gilberts at Hartlebury near Kidderminster was run

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by the De La Salle Order of Christian Brothers

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It's thought as many as 30 former pupils have come forward to tell

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police of horrendous abuse at the hands of school staff.

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A place of hell. Fear. You was frightened every day, you could not

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close your eyes at night because you did not know who would jump into

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your bed. Operation Quail was launched

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over 2.5 years ago to investigate allegations of abuse

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at St Gilberts from 1945 to 1975. In September last year,

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a file was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service

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and four suspects have been interviewed under caution -

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but to date no charges Brother Roderick is an alleged

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abuser. He is now dead along with other suspects. They have written to

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all the victims to tell them what is going on but the unresolved nature

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of the enquiry is making their psychological condition worse. When

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we asked if every, the police said two suspects had been released from

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a bail conditions but were cooperating voluntarily. Today, they

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said matters were at a delicate stage. What do you want from the

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police enquiry? Bring it forward. Some will say, 50 years, let bygones

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be bygones. I don't want any gain out of it, I just want the truth to

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come out. It is taking too long. The order has apologised to Paul and

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others but for him, time is running out and the wouldn't have not

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healed. And you can hear more about this

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case on BBC Hereford and Worcester's breakfast show with Elliott and Toni

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from seven tomorrow morning. The post mortem's taken place

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on Evha Jannath who died after she fell from a water ride

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at Drayton Manor Park It found the 11-year-old had died

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from chest injuries. An inquest into her death was opened

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and adjourned this afternoon, but there's no confirmed date

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for a full hearing. The Royal College of Surgeons has

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called for a review of the way private hospitals are regulated

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following the case of Ian Paterson. The cancer surgeon is due to be

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sentenced at the end of this month after being convicted of unlawfully

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wounding ten patients, by carrying out "needless"

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operations at private clinics A Warwick district councillor

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who posted an offensive tweet during the Eurovision Song

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contest, has resigned. Nick Harrington has represented

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the Stoneleigh and Cubbington Ward He's now apologised to the traveller

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community and those of Irish origin, as well to his constituents

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and the wider public, The latest official figures show

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that unemployment has fallen again across the whole of the

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West Midlands. The figures for January

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to March this year, show 161,000 were out of work -

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a drop of 5,000. That takes the official

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jobless rate in the region to 5.7%, which is still

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above the national When the snap election

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was called last month, voters in Stoke on Trent might've

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been forgiven for thinking Oh That's because just a few weeks

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before, they'd had a by-election following the resignation

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of the Labour MP Tristram Hunt. Our Staffordshire reporter

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Liz Copper's been to Stoke to see how voters are feeling

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at the moment, as they go back In the heart of Stoke-on-Trent

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Central, this is Parliament Row. It's just three months since voters

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here chose their MP. At the top of the street, serving

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traditional fayre, is Oatie Mostons. What do they make of an election

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coming around again so soon I was just surprised. Oh, not again.

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Because we had had a local election. After the recent by-election -

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one challenge could be Scotty 2 Hotty totally fed up, one

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after another, not ready for it. Confused as to who to vote for. And

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think people have lost interest. But I think you should vote.

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Most people did not vote, and it was 38% previously. But that the EU

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referendum last year, a different story, and 65% came out to test

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their vote in the city. So can this election

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enthuse the voters There are students around here. Some

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of my friends, they annoy me when they do not vote. Oh, not again.

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Not everyone's so sceptical about politics, though.

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At this pottery firm, they make memorabelia

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featuring party leaders - politicians make them profits.

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Great, bring it on. It is great for business.

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In just over three weeks' time, we'll know who'll be

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the next Prime Minister - and also whether they have the

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Liz Copper, BBC Midlands Today, Stoke on Trent.

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And you can find out more about the candidates standing

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in Stoke on Trent and everywhere else in the Midlands

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Thanks for joining us on Midlands Today.

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After a dank and dismal day today, I'm banking on Shefali

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It was not fit for a man nor beast today. Full details later.

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Also in tonight's programme West Brom's dire run goes on,

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but still a good season, says manager Tony Pulis.

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And followers of the county cricket club, no doubt,

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but why's a trail of bears about to descend on Birmingham?

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Around 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK.

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Someone develops the condition every three minutes and more than 40,000

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Hannah Morris is one of those people - she was diagnosed

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She has good days and bad days, but she's found that going to craft

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workshops helps her feel involved in her local community in Hereford.

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Our Arts reporter Satnam Rana has the details.

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She is there in body. But that is it.

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Dementia is a life changing condition, whatever your age.

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Hannah Morris from Peter Church near Hereford is 44, and she is living

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We were shopping once and I said, what about

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Since then, her condition has worsened.

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I was very bubbly before. I am more withdrawn.

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My word finding is much more difficult.

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Spelling, even simple words, is hard.

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Today, she has come along to the Courtyards arts venue

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in Hereford to raise awareness of the condition

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It is a place of sanctuary for many living with dementia.

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We are able to come and we are in a safe environment.

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They understand what is wrong. They are very helpful.

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We get to do different activities that we wouldn't normally

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Since 2010, the Courtyard has seen 40,000

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people with dementia come through its doors.

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People live with dementia, they don't die with

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I think it is key that the arts plays a very important part in

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We wanted to make sure that the Courtyard was a real hub

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The Courtyard arts venue has been a dementia-friendly space

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And it is classes like this one that have

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given many of those living with the condition a lifeline

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And for people like Hannah, who are living with dementia, the

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The number of English cities rivalling Birmingham to host

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the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been reduced to just one.

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Birmingham has officially confirmed it would like to take over

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the staging of the games from Durban.

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The South African city was stripped of the right earlier this year.

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Manchester and London have now dropped out,

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leaving Liverpool as the only other competitor in England.

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The West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis says it's been

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a fantastic season for the Baggies, despite their current

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Last night's defeat at Manchester City means

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it's now just one win in their last 11 matches.

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When you haven't won in two months and haven't scored in eight

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of your last ten games, then a trip to Champions League-chasing

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Manchester City isn't the most comfortable of prospects.

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For 25 minutes, West Bromwich Albion kept the home side at bay.

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But when the breakthrough finally arrived, the Baggies

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First, Kevin De Bruyne set up Gabriel Jesus for the opening goal,

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and then two minutes later the Belgian proved he was

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In a flash, the game was over as a competition.

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Shortly after half-time, Yaya Toure thumped home a third to ensure

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Albion would now be eight games without a win.

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There was consolation of sorts a few minutes from the end

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when Hal Robson-Kanu scored for the visitors, but this

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Defeat saw them slip to ninth, and they could still

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But that doesn't dismay Tony Pulis, who's been shortlisted

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people must recognise what you have to work with, finances and

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everything else. We were on top of there, and all in all, where we are,

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what we have spent, it has been a fantastic season and they have kept

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going all the way. Pulis will fly out to China

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next Monday for a meeting Top of his priorities will be

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the transfer funds needed to push Do you remember the Big Hoot which

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came to Birmingham two years ago? It was a trail of giant owl

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sculptures dotted around the city to raise money for the Children's

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Hospital. Now, the idea of a sculpture trail

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is back - but this time it's They're being created in a special

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painting area right now, and our reporter Joanne Writtle has

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been to see how it's all going. They're hibernating right now,

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but in July people are being invited to go on a bear hunt

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in and around BEARmingham. More than 200 of them

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will form a tourist trail to raise money for Birmingham

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Children's Hospital. The theme is the beautiful son

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there. --. Birmingham is the city of 1 million trees. And people are

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visiting to see parts of the city they have never seen before.

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Artists like Gayani Ariyaratne have been

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But her bear tells the tale of her idyllic childhood many miles away.

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That is the growing up in Sri Lanka as a child. These are all be happy

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things I used to play with and I like. The elephant was in our back

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garden. This is a Phoenix rising from the ashes. And there are

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businesses are being and supporting each other, it is a place of

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regeneration. On a cookery theme, there's

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Mary Bary's Soggy Bottom. And for second city dwellers,

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there's Gas Street Bearsin. The bears will be dotted

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around Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and Sandwell -

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including Bearwood - It'll be called the Big Sleuth

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because - in case you didn't know - a sleuth is the collective noun

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for a group of bears. An archaeological dig around

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a Shropshire church has revealed it could be the earliest known sacred

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site still in use in Britain today - Carbon dating of a wooden post,

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found at the site of the Church of the Holy Fathers in Oteley Road

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in February, has shown it was first placed in the ground in 2033 BC -

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a time when the ancient Egyptians The RSPCA is appealing

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for information after a dog was abandoned behind an empty

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building in Stoke on Trent. The male Staffordshire bull terrier,

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which has been named Patch, was found by a member of the public

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in Pyenest Street on Monday. The animal charity says

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its concerned that he was tied up where he wasn't visible,

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so whoever left him might not have You may have heard of the Shelsley

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Walsh Hill Climb in Worcestershire, famous for more than a hundred years

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for throaty motor sport. Amazingly, in the midst

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of the stench of burning fuel and roaring engines,

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there's a placid water mill which dates back

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to the 14th Century. It's been lying in ruin for decades,

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but now it's back in working order. A group of flat-cap wearing

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pensioners decided to raise money After five years of blood,

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sweat and tears, the wheel's turning And it's thanks to this

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group of friends who call themselves the Dibnahs,

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after Fred Dibnah, the flat-cap-wearing

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steeplejack and TV presenter. Their mutual interest

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in mechanical engineering has brought about a painstaking

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restoration of a water mill which has been on this

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site for over 700 years. the camera is commonly focus. The

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satisfaction that you get and the camaraderie and the focus. You never

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stop learning. We all learn from each other and that is great.

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The Dibnahs - including among them retired

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builders, accountants and engineers - are producing flour once again.

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We do it as a hobby. We do not charter labour. We buy in woods and

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certain parts. It costs us between 15 and 20,000. They are unearthing

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treasures. BBC's first live

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commentary of the famous Shelsley Walsh Hill

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Climb in the 1930s. The Water Mill sits

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at the foot of the climb, run by the Midland Automobile Club,

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and next to the It has served the city for hundreds

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of years. Never fully commercial, just producing animal feed and

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grinding up flower for local consumption. A thriving little

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community spread over 500 acres. The smallest parish in Worcestershire.

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The Watermill is open for guided tours, and with a busy

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summer racing schedule, offers visitors a sanctuary from

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And if you're fan of the flat cap - you may be at home.

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There is an offer I hadn't heard very often!

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Ben Godfrey, BBC Midlands Today, Shelsley Walsh.

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Went for a walk this morning and got drenched...can't even get out

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It's probably ruins your here, too. It was a case of who got what. 10-15

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millimetres of rain. But we got just under one inch of rain so far in

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some places. We could see double that by the time we get to tomorrow

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morning. But in the east of the region, seeing the worst. This is

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where the rain is heading. It is all going to the east, and after that a

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fairly clear run of it towards the weekend. In summary, this is how the

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weekend is shaping up. Reasonably warm, temperatures are to be made

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for high teens. Still some rain to get through to this evening and

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overnight. Quite heavy particularly century and eastern areas. Some

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spray in the roads this evening. Treacherous driving conditions. Past

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the midnight hour,... It is much cooler into the morning. A chilly

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start of the day. Much different. A transformation with more sunshine,

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it is dry and a lovely morning for a walk. Then showers develop, lighter

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affairs and well scattered. Predominantly dry and sunny.

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Temperatures in the sunshine 16 or 17 Celsius. Reasonably warm but

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fresher as it has been stupid this week. A drier and clearer at night

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tomorrow. Fairly cool and a drier into the week.

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Dog lovers will like this story we're covering

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We know dogs use their noses to find many different things....people,

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drugs and of course food, but now two dogs in Worcester

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are being trained to detect something very

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It's to help reduce the large number that are killed every

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I'll be back at 10:30 with your late update.

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The choice you now face is all about the future.

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Whoever wins on the 8th of June will face one overriding task -

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to get the best possible deal for this United Kingdom from Brexit,

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because making Brexit a success is central to our national interest

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and it is central to your own security and prosperity.

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Because, while there is enormous opportunity for Britain

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if we do not get this right, the consequences will be serious

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and they will be felt by ordinary working people across the country.

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