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Good afternoon. A lorry driver has died after crashing into the side of
a social club in Wednesbury in the Black Country. The accident happened
at around eight o'clock last night when the Royal British Legion was
open. Staff say it was lucky that no one else was killed. Ben Sidwell
reports. It's a scene of utter devastation.
Part of the Royal British Legion club in Wednesbury destroyed by a
lorry that ploughed straight into the building. It is heartbreaking.
Heartbreaking. I just heard a big bang. My wife and daughter were
shutting people out of the club. There were around 25 people inside
when the lorry had. Currently, `` at the time, there was a family with
young children, thankfully no one was harmed. These pictures show the
lorry embedded in the side of the social club. The area it hit was
where the children usually play. Louise Jones and her family should
have been in the building at the time, but were delayed.
My children could have been there playing and they would not have been
here today. No way could they have survived it. Terrible. Outside,
tributes already to the milk lorry driver who was killed.
One of those in the club at the time, said people thought it was a
gas explosion. People were coming up with their families on boxing night.
It could have killed a lot of people last night. My own grandchildren
included in my family. At the moment, it looks an enormous task,
but members here say they'll regroup and rebuild their club. We will
carry on. We have our centenary next year and we are going all out to
work towards that. Those who run the club say they hope to be given the
go ahead to reopen part of the building in the next few days.
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died
in a house fire in Walsall. The fire broke out at a house in South Street
Gardens in Caldmore on Christmas Day. A 58`year`old man died and a
57`year`old woman has been arrested. The man has yet to be formally
identified. Police are appealing for help in
piecing together what happened to a man found dead in a pond in
Kidderminister. The body of 41`year`old Paul Humphries was found
in the front garden of a house in Chaucer Crescent yesterday morning.
He'd been taken ill over Christmas and was last seen at his home a few
minutes walk away on Boxing Day morning. His death is being treated
as unexplained. So what did you get for Christmas?
Stoke City fans may think that referee Martin Atkinson got a new
red card. He sent two of their players off and manager Mark Hughes
as Stoke crashed to a 5`1 Boxing Day defeat at Newcastle United. Dan
Pallett reports. First it was Glen Whelan. The
reaction of manager Mark Hughes meant he was sent to the stands. And
then Marc Wilson also saw red. Stoke's Boxing Day excursion to
Newcastle all went horribly wrong. They had made the perfect start.
Oussama Assaidi scoring a spectacular opener to put stoke in
the lead. But down to nine men, they struggled and Newcastle took
advantage winning 5`1. The initial sending off was very harsh,
ridiculous in fact. The second one, we would argue against that as well.
And Aston Villa's problems continue to mount.
They lost 1`nil at home to Crystal Palace. Their fourth straight defeat
and their third consecutive home game without scoring a goal. I
cannot criticise their effort. But West Bromwich Albion are
improving under their caretaker management. They fell behind at
Tottenham. But Jonas Olsen equalised to earn Albion a valuable 1`1 draw
which helps keep them just above the relegation zone.
High winds and flooding have made it difficult for drivers across the
region today. Dozens of roads were closed for a time as the result of
trees falling onto the carriageway, like this one on the Stourport Road
in Kidderminster. There were also some local flooding problems in
Shropshire and Worcestershire. 11 flood warnings are still in place
for the Midlands, although river levels on the Severn are now on
So let's find out what tomorrow has So let's find out what tomorrow has
in store then with Rebecca Wood. Are things calming down now, Rebecca?
their way down. Yes, things are starting to come
down. We do still have some showers moving through the region. There
could be a wintry element in them. But we will have some clear spells
as well and temperatures will fall away a day. `` fall away there. We
could have some icy patches in the morning, that's good spells of
brightness to come tomorrow. Feeling rather chilly.
Finally, campaigners in Chelthenham hoping to get a former arts centre
re`opened have been given a welcome boost. Two benefactors have offered
to donate more than half a million pounds to buy the Axiom building. It
was closed by the council in 2000 as it wasn't thought to be commercially
viable. The agents say they're considering a number of offers.
That's it for now. I'll be back with the late news at a quarter past ten
this evening. But from all of us here, goodbye.
Good evening. What a week it has been, a stormy start, a law through
Christmas, then a wild end to the week, had to keep up, isn't it? This
was a vicious area of low pressure last night, but today the winds have
been strongest across northern areas, where it is still blowing a
gale. That will gradually subside as we go through the night, although a
windy night across Scotland with frequent, heavy showers. A few
showers whistling in elsewhere, but a lot of dry weather, and
temperatures will ease down first thing tomorrow morning. Tomorrow, a
different sort of day, not as windy thankfully, although still