30/12/2011 Midlands Today


30/12/2011

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Good evening. A 12-year-old boy is being treated as a potentially

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significant witness after a woman died from multiple stab wounds at a

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flat in Wolverhampton. Police launched a murder investigation

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after the 36-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene in the

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Whitmore Reans area yesterday. She suffered 18 separate stab wounds. A

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man, who was also found at the flat with stab injuries, is being

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treated in hospital. The boy is currently being cared for by

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specially trained police officers. Wards at four separate hospitals

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across the region have been shut after an outbreak of the winter

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vomiting bug norovirus. Visitors are being told to stay away from

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wards at three hospitals in South Warwickshire including Warwick

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Hospital. Ward one at Walsall Manor Hospital is also closed. But

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visitors are being allowed again at City Hospital in Birmingham.

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Three men have been jointly charged with murder after a 23-year-old man

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was stabbed to death in Shrewsbury. Jason Scott Cooke died during an

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incident in the Monkmoor area of the town on Tuesday evening. The

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three men, who are all aged 24, have also been jointly charged with

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burglary. They will appear before a special sitting of Telford

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Magistrates tomorrow morning. Four other men arrested in connection

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with the incident have been given bail while inquiries continue.

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A former soldier who was severely burned in Iraq is on the verge of

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running his 52nd marathon in a year. Karl Hinett from Tipton in the

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Black Country will run his last race in Liverpool tomorrow. As Bob

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Hockenhull reports, he has raised more than �20,000 for the burns

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unit where he was treated. Karl Hinett's running exploits this

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year have taken him much further than his local park. 51 marathons

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so far in 19 countries starting with Zurich in Switzerland at

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midnight on January 1st. The first marathon they felt like it I had

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maybe bitten off a little bit more than I could chew. I took it a week

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at a time and hero am. -- here I am. An oustanding achievement for

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anyone, but particularly for Karl who was in a coma for 11 days after

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his tank was petrol bombed in Basra in 2005. The Staffordshire Regiment

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soldier suffered 37% burns and endured five years of surgery.

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first challenge was looking in the mirror. Because of the scars. But

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again, you start off small and work your way up. His charity marathon

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challenge has raised �20,000 for the burns unit at Queen Elizabeth

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Hospital in Birmingham. Karl is confident he will manage this

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weekend's marathon in Liverpool. After all, he is planning ultra

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races in the Amazon and the Antarctic and will also climb

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Everest for another charity. He aims to run 100 marathons by the

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end of 2012. He is confident he will manage the back-to-back

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marathons in Liverpool this weekend. He will be running in the Antarctic

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and Amazon later in the air and will also climb Everest for another

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charity. In a little over 24 hours time, we

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will enter the Olympic year of 2012. And to mark the occasion, the torch

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from the last time the Games were held in this country was brought to

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Birmingham. Kevin Reide reports. 91-year-old Olympic cyclist Tommy

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Godwin in Birmingham today with the two bronze medals he won in the

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1948 London Games. Joining him, fellow cyclist Harry Reynolds who

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later won silver. And future hopeful, Birchfield Harrier

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sprinter Amelia Benjamin with the 1948 torch. The trio were

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highlighting Birmingham's role in the Olympics as the city plays host

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to both the American and Jamaican Athletics teams. The idea of the

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Games coming to London and the effect it has had on Birmingham and

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the Midlands from the commercial side is wonderful. And Tommy thinks

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it will all be very different from when he was involved. The media was

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not interested in those days. There was a little bit in the paper. The

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team was put together two weeks before and you were told, you are

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on the Olympic team. But what do today's youngster think it will be

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like? I think more young people will come to the Games. It will

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have a possible impact on sport in Birmingham. -- positive impact.

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Meanwhile, here in Coventry, the excitement is also building, as

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this city is one of the few venues outside London specially selected

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to host some of the Games. We have got 12 Olympic football matches

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coming up to Coventry, 250,000 people are expected to come to the

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City. We are really looking forward to it. So for the Midlands, it is

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roll on London 2012. Onto football now and the Wolves'

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manager Mick McCarthy has angrily criticised the decision to uphold a

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red card given to one of his players. Nenad Milijas was sent off

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during the 1-1 draw at Arsenal three days ago and an appeal by

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Wolves was thrown out. Nick Clitheroe reports. I wonder what

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kind of a view he has got... This was a press conference with a

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difference. Mick McCarthy decided to turn the tables and start asking

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us questions. Does anybody think it was a sending off? He's angry that

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an FA disciplinary panel upheld referee Stuart Atwell's decision to

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send Nenad Milijas off for this tackle at the Emirates. There is

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one person who thinks it is, one referee I have spoken to think it

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is a booking. Who sits on the panel and who decides when everybody but

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one in here and everyone I have spoken to think that is a bad

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decision, who has compounded that bad decision by agreeing with them

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and why would that happen? To back up his argument, he had prepared

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another clip of what he suggested was a very similar tackle by Ronald

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Zubar which did not even lead to a free-kick. But despite his anger at

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the injustice, McCarthy is delighted with their performance

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and hoping the players repeat it at Bolton tomorrow.

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And you can keep up-to-date with your team's fortunes over the busy

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Bank Holiday period on your BBC local radio station.

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So it's out with the old and in with the new tomorrow night. But

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what will the weather have in store It has been a thoroughly at soggy

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affair for many of us to date. Quite a lot of rain and some mild

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air bear it. You will certainly notice that this evening and

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overnight. It will turn very mild indeed. It has been an

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exceptionally warm year. The Met Office have just given as the

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statistics. It was the second warmest year on record in the

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Midlands. It was also the driest since 1960 fault. You might

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struggle to believe that with all of the main debate! -- with all of

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the rain today! It may be a bit misty over the hills but in our

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there will come tomorrow morning said temperatures will be in double

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figures. Tomorrow will be mild. Some outbreaks of light, patchy

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rain and drizzle. A better chance of seeing something brighter in the

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south and east. Look at the temperatures! Exceptional for the

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time of year. If you are celebrating tomorrow night, there

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will be a bit of rain at times. It will be breezy and very mild. Some

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