11/05/2017 Midlands Today


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Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire will be closed

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for a third day while a health and safety investigation

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continues into the death of a schoolgirl from Leicester.

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11-year-old Evha Janneth was on the Splash Canyon Rapids ride

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on Tuesday when she fell into the water.

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The park closed yesterday as a mark of respect

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Our Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper's been

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Drayton Manor has confirmed that the gates behind me will be

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closed to visitors tomorrow and that is to allow the Health

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and Safety Executive to continue their work on the ride.

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Staffordshire police will also be here tomorrow.

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This closure is unprecedented in the park's 67 year history

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and the park's owners say their thoughts remain

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with Evha's family and everyone he was affected by the incidents

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Throughout today, flowers have continued to be laid at the entrance

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to the park and Evha's family who spoke so movingly yesterday

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about how their world had been torn apart by her death are now preparing

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That is expected to take place sometime next week in Leicester

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and the family say the whole community has been deeply

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As for the investigation, it is expected that a postmortem

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examination will be conducted on Monday and then an inquest is

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Today, we heard that theme parks across Europe closed similar rides

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but this evening we have heard from Merlin entertainment

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who own a number of theme parks including Alton Towers and they say

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they have conducted their own safety and risk assessment and spoken

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to the Health and Safety Executive but as a result, they are confident

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they can reopen those rides tomorrow and I think that is an indication

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any wider safety concerns have been allayed fairly swiftly

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but when things will reopen here it Drayton Manor isn't yet clear.

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A man's been charged with using drones to fly

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drugs and mobile phones into Birmingham Prison -

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the first prosecution of its kind secured by West Midlands Police.

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Drones were allegedly used to drop contraband into an exercise yard

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at the jail in October and November last year.

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27-year-old Michael Tovey, from Erdington, is set to appear

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before Birmingham magistrates on the 7th of June.

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The inquest into the death of a woman struck by debris in high

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winds during storm Doris in February is to be held in October.

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Further investigations need to be made into how 29-year-old

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Tahnie Martin came to be hit by a piece of timber outside

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Exactly four weeks to go now until polling day and nominations

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have closed for candidates standing in the General Election.

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So, in the run-up to June eighth, today was always going to be a big

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moment for those seats where there are slim majorities.

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That's why we sent our reporter Ben Godfrey to one tightly fought

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West Midlands constituency to find out what issues are on the minds

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It's a beautiful day in Dudley North, the seat held

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by Labour since its creation in 1997 but high up on the list

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We have come to Corbyn Road to see what people are thinking.

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First we met Mandy Yerster, an undecided voter who wants

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the next Government to champion social care.

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Giving single parents more leeway, childcare because my son

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is autistic, a little bit more help regarding autism and stuff.

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With support for Labour, the Conservatives and Ukip in this

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area - it's no surprise the big hitters have been

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Far from getting ready for the next politician to visit -

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Lyndon Corbett - just to clear it up he's the Corbyn Road beekeeper -

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would welcome a ban on zero hours contract hours.

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Lyndon also runs a business providing home care

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It would be beneficial because we don't get paid enough to do these

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jobs. Basically when you do a 15 minute call for an old-age pension

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you do not have enough time to communicate with the one that is

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what some of them the most of all. Retired shop worker Betty had a bee

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in her bonnet when I caught up There is a lot of men in London,

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they are not in the real world. My bus is here and I

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am off, thank you! Some polling experts suggest

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Dudley North may turn blue in fours weeks' time,

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but on on Corbyn Road we found many That's for me to know

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and you not to! People who work or play sport

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outdoors are being urged to protect their skin now that

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sunnier weather's around. According to a recent study,

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working in the sun could lead to one death and five new cases

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of melanoma every week. Laura May McMullan's been talking

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to a former beach lifeguard from Shropshire who now

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has incurable melanoma. First being diagnosed with melanoma

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22 years ago and again in 2014. This time it's stage

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4 and incurable. Melanoma is such a cruel

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and unpredictable disease and I wouldn't want anyone to go

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through what I've gone through, the surgeries,

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the shock, the anxiety. In his youth, he spent years

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working on the beaches Doctors say it's vital

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for us to apply sun cream BEFORE we go in the sun,

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and that's because we all have a different burning threshold -

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when our skin starts to turn pink. Construction workers

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are at the highest risk of skin cancer, due to long hours

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of sun exposure. We've brought a UV camera

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to this Wolverhampton site You can see some sun damage

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on your cheeks, nose, and forehead. I wasn't surprised to see

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I have damage to my skin. Without doubt, having seen

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what has been evident, I've been sunburnt and after seeing

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this today, I would, He's urging others to stop burning

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up and instead cover up. If you take a look out

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of your window you might be lucky enough to spot ivy,

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hydrangeas, fuschia, magnolia, We have our ancestors

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to thank for bringing The great explorers of the day

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travelled the world. Ben Sidwell hasn't been that far,

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but he did take a trip to the Malvern Spring Festival

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on the trail of plant history. In the shadow of the Malvern Hills,

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some of the greatest flora and fauna the world has to offer

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and for this, we need to thank the Victorians which is what they're

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doing this year at RHS Spring At the heart of the floral marquee

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is the plant finder's parlour, It is important to the intrepid

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explorers who search They would search for months on end,

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some of them would never come back, some would come back with broken

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legs and they would go in search for clients and bring them

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back in Edwardian cases because they couldn't figure out how

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to get the plans back. You don't have to go far

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to find species Victorians These carnivorous plants

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are from Malaysia and Indonesia. It was brought in by the Victorians

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and remains in cultivation today so if it wasn't for the plant

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hunters, they wouldn't There was one type of plant that

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surprisingly got the Victorians more Now grown in abundance

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in Warwickshire, in the 19th century There was a period known as fern

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fever and they went mad for building little got

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was like this where the theories could live

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and the imagination was amazing. Today we are just as

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captivated by horticulture. 100,000 people will come

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to the showground in Malvern, making it the biggest gardening show

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outside of London. I've been going to

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Chelsea since 1968. If you were to say to me you can

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pick one show way you like being, From award-winning show gardens

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to pupils from local schools who are just

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beginning their gardening journeys, the Victorians would be

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amazed that the plants to discover are now common sights

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in gardens across the country. Before we go, I'll leave you with

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the weather from Rebecca Wood. Temperatures did very well indeed

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today helped by the sunshine but through the afternoon we started

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to see it turning a little more hazy, not quite the blue skies

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but in Perthshire temperatures As we head through the next few days

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there was a change on the way, gardens will be grateful for some

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showers which will build and tomorrow we could get quite

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a lot of rain through the day. Tonight, a few showers out

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and about, some are quite lively across the South Midlands containing

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a rumble of thunder Across the North Midlands,

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with clear skies temperatures are still will not fall too far,

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a muggy night, lows Tomorrow, a weather system moves

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through, low-pressure back in charge and some showers,

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unstable air so we see the first band of showers clearing

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the way to the north, we are left with brighter spells

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and showers star to trigger off with the heat and unstable air

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so temperatures lower than they have been today,

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16 to 17 Celsius but the sunshine Saturday, fine and dry,

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Sunday more rain. More information on

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the national forecast. We want to see the economy

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work for everybody, not Now the weather.

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, yes a humid dead. We have had photographs of the

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