24/12/2016 Midlands Today


24/12/2016

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Good Evening. late news at 11:30.

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A Staffordshire-based wedding clothing company has gone

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into administration with the loss of nearly 40 jobs.

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It's caused heartache for prospective brides

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who fear they won't get the dresses they've ordered.

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Laura Sparrow from Tamworth spent months trying to find her dream

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wedding dress and eventually, she found one.

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She ordered the outfit from Formal Affair weddings,

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Now, the company has gone into administration.

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I just haven't heard anything from them.

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I don't even know if my dress has been ordered.

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The dress was paid for in full and I'm totally gutted.

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Formal Affair weddings is based in Tamworth and

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has nine branches across the Midlands.

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Formal Affair weddings say they have worked or to restructure

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their business to make it more competitive,

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but changing consumer tastes and spending habits have

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It is the second time the company has gone into administration.

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I could have quite easily cancelled Christmas I was that upset.

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But I've got my granddaughter, who is just

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getting used to the idea of Christmas.

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And you just can't, you've got to carry on.

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Laura paid up front to get a discount.

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She fears she will not only not get the dress,

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but will be also severely out of pocket.

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Robbers threatened to cut off an elderly woman's fingers

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during an hour-long ordeal at her home in the Billesley area

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of Birmingham in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Police have released CCTV footage of a man using her debit card

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Jewellery and a mobile phone were also taken.

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The victims of the terrorist attack on the Berlin Christmas Market

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will be remembered tonight during a live

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television broadcast of Midnight Mass at St Chad's

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The service will be shown on BBC One in a programme which starts

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Three months after shouting at the Prime Minister,

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a five-year-old from Coventry says she's still determined

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Brooke Blair's video message to Theresa May was seen by millions.

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Yesterday night I was out on the street and I saw 100 million

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This was Brooke earlier this year, dismayed by the

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rough sleepers she'd seen on the streets.

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You should be out there, Theresa May!

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But today, Brooke, mum Holly and sister Texas are visiting

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the Cyrenians charity in Coventry where they are helping wrap presents

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for the homeless with other volunteers.

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Broke's message reached millions of people and the

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She now refers to it as "When I got a bit famous."

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More should be done for the homeless and

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the fact that a five-year-old girl recognises the problem and wants do

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something about it I think is amazing.

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Earlier this week, the Government announced ?2.5 million to

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be spent in Birmingham and Solihull as part of a homeless prevention

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But Holly remains surprised the family never had a

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On Christmas Day, the family will be spending part of their time serving

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Christmas dinner at a homeless shelter and Brooke, well, she's

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To sport and in rugby, Wasps ended the year

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with an unbeaten home record after a scintillating match

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There were to tries from Christian Wade in the first half.

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He completed his hat-trick after the break, smashing

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the record for the most tries in a calendar year.

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Time for the Christmas weather forecast now.

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Season's greetings. It is not feeling very Christmassy, dull,

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cloudy and drizzly. Quite windy overnight as well as temperatures do

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not fall far. As for Christmas Day, largely cloudy, occasionally bright,

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a bit of drizzle as well. Quite windy. Ten - 14 Celsius. It will be

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mild, but a lot colder by Boxing Day. A dry, bright and breezy day,

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but it will be quite windy, this time with storm,.

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We're back with our next bulletin on Boxing Day.

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Hello. Nice and toasty both inside and out. It even struggling to snow

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across the Scottish hills, it's so mild outside, whether you like it or

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not. It's all thanks to this storm, big windstorm in the North Atlantic.

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It is drawing up warm air from the southern climes. You can see the

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Azores, warm air moving in our direction. It's here to stay. Just

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in time for Christmas. Cloudy with bits of rain in the centre pushing

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through across parts of Scotland, western part of the UK. It could be

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quite heavy, that rain, for a time. The real story is how my old tonight

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and into tomorrow is going to be. First thing in the morning, 10-11d

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across the South. Strong winds keep blowing from the south-west through

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the day, tomorrow some gusty showers across the North. Even here, not

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going to be cold. 13 degrees across decent parts of Scotland.

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