27/12/2013 Midlands Today


27/12/2013

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more throughout the evening on the BBC News Channel.

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Good afternoon. A lorry driver has died after crashing into the side of

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a social club in Wednesbury in the Black Country. The accident happened

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at around eight o'clock last night when the Royal British Legion was

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open. Staff say it was lucky that no one else was killed. Ben Sidwell

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reports. It's a scene of utter devastation.

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Part of the Royal British Legion club in Wednesbury destroyed by a

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lorry that ploughed straight into the building. It is heartbreaking.

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Heartbreaking. I just heard a big bang. My wife and daughter were

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shutting people out of the club. There were around 25 people inside

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when the lorry had. Currently, `` at the time, there was a family with

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young children, thankfully no one was harmed. These pictures show the

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lorry embedded in the side of the social club. The area it hit was

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where the children usually play. Louise Jones and her family should

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have been in the building at the time, but were delayed.

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My children could have been there playing and they would not have been

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here today. No way could they have survived it. Terrible. Outside,

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tributes already to the milk lorry driver who was killed.

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One of those in the club at the time, said people thought it was a

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gas explosion. People were coming up with their families on boxing night.

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It could have killed a lot of people last night. My own grandchildren

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included in my family. At the moment, it looks an enormous task,

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but members here say they'll regroup and rebuild their club. We will

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carry on. We have our centenary next year and we are going all out to

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work towards that. Those who run the club say they hope to be given the

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go ahead to reopen part of the building in the next few days.

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A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died

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in a house fire in Walsall. The fire broke out at a house in South Street

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Gardens in Caldmore on Christmas Day. A 58`year`old man died and a

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57`year`old woman has been arrested. The man has yet to be formally

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identified. Police are appealing for help in

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piecing together what happened to a man found dead in a pond in

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Kidderminister. The body of 41`year`old Paul Humphries was found

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in the front garden of a house in Chaucer Crescent yesterday morning.

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He'd been taken ill over Christmas and was last seen at his home a few

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minutes walk away on Boxing Day morning. His death is being treated

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as unexplained. So what did you get for Christmas?

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Stoke City fans may think that referee Martin Atkinson got a new

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red card. He sent two of their players off and manager Mark Hughes

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as Stoke crashed to a 5`1 Boxing Day defeat at Newcastle United. Dan

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Pallett reports. First it was Glen Whelan. The

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reaction of manager Mark Hughes meant he was sent to the stands. And

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then Marc Wilson also saw red. Stoke's Boxing Day excursion to

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Newcastle all went horribly wrong. They had made the perfect start.

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Oussama Assaidi scoring a spectacular opener to put stoke in

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the lead. But down to nine men, they struggled and Newcastle took

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advantage winning 5`1. The initial sending off was very harsh,

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ridiculous in fact. The second one, we would argue against that as well.

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And Aston Villa's problems continue to mount.

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They lost 1`nil at home to Crystal Palace. Their fourth straight defeat

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and their third consecutive home game without scoring a goal. I

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cannot criticise their effort. But West Bromwich Albion are

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improving under their caretaker management. They fell behind at

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Tottenham. But Jonas Olsen equalised to earn Albion a valuable 1`1 draw

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which helps keep them just above the relegation zone.

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High winds and flooding have made it difficult for drivers across the

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region today. Dozens of roads were closed for a time as the result of

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trees falling onto the carriageway, like this one on the Stourport Road

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in Kidderminster. There were also some local flooding problems in

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Shropshire and Worcestershire. 11 flood warnings are still in place

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for the Midlands, although river levels on the Severn are now on

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So let's find out what tomorrow has So let's find out what tomorrow has

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in store then with Rebecca Wood. Are things calming down now, Rebecca?

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their way down. Yes, things are starting to come

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down. We do still have some showers moving through the region. There

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could be a wintry element in them. But we will have some clear spells

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as well and temperatures will fall away a day. `` fall away there. We

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could have some icy patches in the morning, that's good spells of

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brightness to come tomorrow. Feeling rather chilly.

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Finally, campaigners in Chelthenham hoping to get a former arts centre

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re`opened have been given a welcome boost. Two benefactors have offered

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to donate more than half a million pounds to buy the Axiom building. It

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was closed by the council in 2000 as it wasn't thought to be commercially

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viable. The agents say they're considering a number of offers.

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That's it for now. I'll be back with the late news at a quarter past ten

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this evening. But from all of us here, goodbye.

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Good evening. What a week it has been, a stormy start, a law through

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Christmas, then a wild end to the week, had to keep up, isn't it? This

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was a vicious area of low pressure last night, but today the winds have

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been strongest across northern areas, where it is still blowing a

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gale. That will gradually subside as we go through the night, although a

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windy night across Scotland with frequent, heavy showers. A few

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showers whistling in elsewhere, but a lot of dry weather, and

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temperatures will ease down first thing tomorrow morning. Tomorrow, a

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different sort of day, not as windy thankfully, although still

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