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That's it from us. They will be continuing coverage throughout the

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night on Firefighters will be working

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throughout the night, At its height,

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100 firefighters were needed on the

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Blackpole East Trading estate. Around 150 people were at work,

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when the alarm was raised - Sarah Bishop's been speaking

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to some of those affected. The smoke was unreal,

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thick, black smoke. Never seen that much

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smoke in my whole life. A warehouse the size of four

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football pitches up in smoke. When a fire crews arrived

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at 8:30am, they knew they had The first challenge was getting

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close to the building. We have had to rotate crews

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working in these arduous conditions. A member of staff initially spotted

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the beginnings of the fire and tried to put it out

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with a fire extinguisher. 150 staff work here sorting

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and delivering bulky furniture. The only thing that

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matters is that there has Stock can be replaced.

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Operations can resume. With the estate evacuated,

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the fire was the talk of Worcester. Shortly after, I saw a gas bottle

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explode and shoot into the sky. I wondered if we were going to get

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close down temporarily There are no immediate clues

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as to what caused the fire, A series of raids were carried out

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across Staffordshire and Herefordshire today,

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targeting people who've In the past twelve months,

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there's been a steep increase in illegal dumping

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across 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 to a swoop

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on a haulage yard. Police looking at the site,

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it seems as though there We are forcing entry to get

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in and seize evidence. This one of two raids

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on the Moorlands, there was a third in Stoke-on-Trent and a fourth

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in Ledbury in Herefordshire Today's raids are connected

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to 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. We are working closely with other

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agencies to limit it and manage ongoing sites to make sure any

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risks are mitigated. I can understand how

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the public feel, it is not We are working with the Environment

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Agency to get on top of it Industrial waste on an industrial

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scale. Bales of rubbish wrapped

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in plastic lifted into place by unscrupulous gangs,

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paid by individuals or businesses, simply to get rid -

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no questions asked. Criminals can fill a warehouse just

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like this in a matter of days, It's one of the biggest challenges

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facing the environment agency, they've described waste crime

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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,

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it almost certainly is. Take your responsibilities

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seriously. Culprits face a jail

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term of five years. Rewards can be lucrative

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but investigators say they will follow the money

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and where they can recover it. A jury's been sent out to consider

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verdicts in the trial of a breast surgeon,

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accused of carrying out "completely unnecessary" operations,

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at hospitals in the West Midlands. 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 motive

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might have been to make extra money. Gerard Coyne, who's challenging

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Len McCluskey to lead Unite, has been suspended from his post

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as the union's West Midlands It's understood an email was sent

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to Unite members and staff in the region this afternoon,

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informing them The move comes as counting

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is about to get under way, Twelve awards have been given out

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tonight, to members of the public who have shown courage,

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care, compassion Among those taking

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a Pride of Birmingham award home, is Moin Younis, who was born

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with a rare skin condition - as an young ambassador

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for Acorns Hospice. Our reporter Ben Godfrey has been

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at the awards, and joins me now. So some incredible

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stories being rewarded. The great Hall here is fizzing with

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emotion here tonight. Amazing stories of courage and celebrities

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in attendance, the likes of noddy Holder, Ross Kemp, the presenter

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Katie Piper. This young lad has captured people's imaginations. He's

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the only person in the world with this skin condition. He has been an

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ambassador for the hospice and he got a round of applause.

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I just hope to inspire other people out there by winning this award

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and I feel great in myself and I just everyone else who wins

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awards tonight to also feel good and enjoy the night.

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I'm delighted to introduce the fundraiser of the year. A man you

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might recognise Ben it's David Healy. This is the pride of

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Birmingham, you've been nominated, I went, thank you very much. I'm told

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you've raised ?3 million. You've done the equivalent of two laps

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around the planet. What planet are you from? I keep asking myself the

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same question. I'm on this planet and I hope I'm staying on this

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planet. It's been an incredible few years. Really incredible. What have

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you done next? We've just did our latest challenge which is to attempt

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all the great runs. We kicked off in Edinburgh in January and the hope is

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we will compete in 27 runs throughout the year finishing in

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Ethiopia in November. I could talk to you all night. But we've got to

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finish the news! Wonderful stuff. The largest hoard

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of gold coins ever found, has now been declared treasure -

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after it was discovered hidden The sovereigns could be worth up

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to a quarter of a million pounds, with any reward being divided

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between the man who found the coins, and the college

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which owns the piano. A piano which was donated

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to a college in Shropshire but just before Christmas this man discovered

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hundreds of coins in dusty, hand-stitched packages

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underneath its keyboard. I'd been called in

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to tune and repair this piano, so I took out

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a couple of the keys and opened the top

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here and, hey presto! There were some

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interesting packages. So, I quickly got my

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penknife and bonded one of the ends and I thought,

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"Oh, that's gold!" Experts say it's the largest

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gold sovereign horde It consists of more than 900 coins,

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most of which were made Out of all these coins,

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this one is the This one, however,

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was made in 1915 and that suggests the coins

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were hidden around that time. We know that there is no

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hundred and 13 gold coins there and that's more than six

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kilos worth of gold. Back in the day when it was hidden,

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in 1915, you could have bought a four bed town house

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with that which is the equivalent of An inquest ruled it was unclear

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who the treasure Now, any reward will go

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to the college and the tuner. I was actually dancing up and down

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so I do have emotions In a fortnight, two million

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people living across parts of the West Midlands will have had

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the chance to vote for the first All six candidates have been taking

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part in a special TV debate. The new mayor will have extensive

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powers over transport, housing and job creation

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in the newly formed You can see the debate

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straight after the weather. I'll leave you with

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the forecast from Rebecca. There's plenty of cloud

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around tonight and that cloud is going to stick with us

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until tomorrow morning. Not a sunny day but plenty

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of dry weather to come. At times, that cloud might be thick

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enough to give the odd spot of rain and that will be as we head

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through tonight as well. It is associated with a cold front

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which will see tomorrow. For tonight, a cloudy

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night and milder night Temperatures holding up

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between eight and 10 Celsius. Into tomorrow, we have that cold

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front working its way High pressure still in charge,

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keeping it largely at bay but the cloud will thicken up

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as we had through the overnight Tomorrow, a cloudy start to the day

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and then we will at times seemed that cloud thick enough to give

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the odd spot of rain but also some holes in that cloud which will make

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things attach brighter in that brightness

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we could push up to 16 Celsius. So, it will be a cloudy end

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to the day that it is going to be a largely dry end to the day and dry

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start to our weekend with temperatures, again,

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overnight holding up between eight and 10 Celsius but,

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as we head into Saturday we're going to keep that cloud,

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keep that high-pressure, Helen Willetts will have

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more information on that I'll leave you with an outlook

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for the next few days. week for much of the UK and for more

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about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.

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The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so

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degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away

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from St Andrews. Also in north-east England, where we had the majority

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of the decent sunshine. Even under cloud it was dry for the most part.

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We have this week whether forgiving showers in the south. This weather

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