08/01/2017 Midlands Today


08/01/2017

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Good evening. late news at 10.30pm.

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Emergency services took over the RSC Theatre in Stratford today in order

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to test their response to an armed siege.

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200 Police, Ambulance and Fire service personnel were involved

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in the exercise which involved gunmen opening fire

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It was a drama like none seen before at the RSC Theatre in Stratford -

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fire crews rescuing fleeing hostages from the roof as part

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The scenario, gunmen opening fire inside.

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While this is not a counterterrorist exercise, a number of the resources

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and the skill sets being used would be transferable in the highly

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unlikely event that an incident like that should occur.

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90 people were killed at the Bataclan in Paris 14 months ago.

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Mercifully, there have been no such attacks on theatres since,

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but Friday's shootings at Fort Lauderdale airport serve

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as a reminder that public places are vulnerable.

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This exercise has not only benefited the police fire

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and ambulance services, it has allowed the RSC

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Of course, you know everything is entirely made up and everything

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It gets increasingly tense and you find yourself really getting

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involved with it as though it is for real.

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Extra security measures at this year's German Christmas market

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in Birmingham show how seriously public safety is taken

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It is hoped today's exercise, three months in the planning,

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will leave the emergency services even better prepared

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The MP for Cheltenham says he's delighted that his campaign

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for tougher punishments for stalkers has led to an increase

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in the maximum sentence from five to ten years.

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Alex Chalk introduced a bill in Parliament after one

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of his constituents, Dr Ellie Ashton, suffered

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for seven years at the hands of a former patient.

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It's a huge relief for me and it's going to make a big difference

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to me and my family, because although at the end

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of the day, five years, ten years, it's just a number and an end

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will always come to that period of time,

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but it gives us that longer respite, a chance to have a breather,

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get back to normal life, be able to function normally,

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not look over our shoulders all the time, which is what we do

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West Midlands Police have discovered a cannabis farm in the

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Tribute acts of the King of Rock and Roll have spent the last three

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days battling it out for the coveted title.

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Sian Grzeszczyk has been to watch them.

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# Caught in a trap, I can't walk out...

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They're all shook up for the European Elvis Championships,

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which are held in Birmingham every year, and today is a special one -

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it would have been the King's 82nd birthday.

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So what would he have made of all of this?

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I think he'd have found it quite amusing.

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I think he'd just have enjoyed the fact that we're

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This house today, Elvis is in the whole room.

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My first cassette tape was Elvis, so his music captured me.

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Nearly 100 people have performed at the contest and at 11:30 tonight,

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A little less conversation, because it's time for

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Norweigan Elvis to take to the stage.

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# Yet when I face that chilling hand of death

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The audience clearly can't help falling in love.

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Football, and there was no FA Cup joy for Aston Villa fans at a rain

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The Championship side fought to keep the tie 0-0 at half time,

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but goals from Ben Davies and Son Heung-min put

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Tottenham Hotspur through to the fourth round draw.

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Rugby, and Wasps beat Leicester by 22 points to 16,

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but their victory was overshadowed by an injury to England

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Let's have a look at the weather forecast now.

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Another relatively mild but grey day today and as we move through this

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evening and overnight, we are continuing in a similar vein

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plenty of cloud around, one or two patches of mist and fog

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developing, getting thick enough to produce rain or drizzle.

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Temperatures between five and seven Celsius.

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Tomorrow, we're stuck with plenty of cloud before this arrival

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It could be heavy, and the breeze will pick up, but behind it,

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clearer skies and feeling noticeably cooler, temperatures

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Quite a cool night into Tuesday, then we are looking at an unsettled

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week, but I do think it will turn cooler and windier as we move

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Coming up next on BBC One, Countryfile is in Shropshire,

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with features on the Snailbeach lead mine and plans for a new nature

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I'm back with the late bulletin, just after 22:50.

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After a dull weekend for many of us, the weather gets shaken to life this

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week. The real driver for the first wake-up call is low pressure pushing

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