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Good evening. West Midlands Ambulance Service dealt with a
record amount of emergency 999 calls in the early hours of the New Year,
averaging four emergency calls a minute. More than 200 ambulances and
100 paramedics were on call. Between 1am and 2am this morning, the
control room saw an increase of 8% on last year's record levels. Last
year was busy. We had a 50% rise. This year in the peak period, we had
an 8% rise in calls again above last year. A lot of them were
alcohol`related. We were dealing with about a 909 call every 15
seconds. `` 999. A pioneering support centre for
former military personnel is hoping to increase its work this year by
becoming a charity. Over the last three years, more than 600 people
have been helped by the Veterans' Contact Point in Warwickshire. Laura
May McMullan reports. Luke McCloskey left the Royal Marines at the start
of year. The Veterans' Contact Point advised him on how to set up and
market his bootcamp business. A lot of the time, people are confused and
they are not sure what to do. People do struggle a lot. It is just here
support. We have had 75 enquiries. Len has always offered a helping
hand. Little did he know it would lead to setting up a vital support
service for ex`service men and women. We have transferable skills.
After 24 years in the military himself, he knows how difficult it
can be to adapt to civilian life. You are not used to going out,
budgeting, looking for work, making your money last the month.
Everything is provided for you in the military. Without this, I would
be dead. Meeting other veterans, that alone, it cheered me up no end.
They have renewed my forklift licence. They got me my card. I put
me on a course to work on the railways. In the last three years,
they have helped more than 600 people. It has been set up with the
help of various partners. There is a wide`ranging charities all under one
roof. The volunteers say there is always help here for veterans.
The president of West Bromwich Albion John Silk has died at the age
of 89. Mr Silk was made a club director in 1984 and became chairman
in 1988, a position he held for four years. He became president in 2003.
So flags flew at half mast at the Hawthorns today as West Brom beat
Newcastle in the Premier League with a late penalty from Saido Berahino.
Stoke went ahead through Oussama Assaidi. But Everton equalised in
the last minute. And Aston Villa won at Sunderland, thanks to Gabby
Agbonlahor. In the Championship, Birmingham are
now unbeaten in ten games, but had to settle for a point against
Barnsley. In League One, Shrewsbury won 2`1 at
Oldham. Port Vale lost 3`2 at Preston. Three late goals inspired
Coventry to victory at Rotherham. A one`all draw there between Tranmere
and second`placed Wolves. And Walsall sit seventh after beating
Sheffield United 2`1. In League Two, Cheltenham's game was
postponed. Burton are up to second place after a point at Mansfield.
Well, there's been plenty of rain around today. Rebecca Wood has the
weather forecast. A rather wet night to come. Heavy
downpours expected. The other weather warning in place for heavy
rain particularly across Herefordshire `` a yellow weather
warning. The showers continue through the next few hours and
overnight. By the time we make it into the early hours of tomorrow, it
will clear. Still gusty. Tomorrow will be a day to dry out. We have
plenty of sunny spells to come. Isolated showers here and there.
Temperatures not doing too badly. The sunshine will help. By Thursday,
we still have another band of rain to come. That is with us as we make
our way into Friday. Strong winds to come. Unsettled weather for the next
few days. The National forecast in a moment.
We are back at 10:40pm. Goodbye for now.
unsettled weekend. I'll be back after 10:30pm tonight.
Hello. It is a New Year but it is the same old weather. Flood warnings
are on the rise. The flood line number is on screen if you are at
all concerned. Still some rain to come this evening and overnight
Still some heavy bursts. It will push the way towards the east taking
the strongest winds with it. It did in temperature across the Highlands.
Temperatures are holding up fairly well. Tomorrow, I can offer you a
glimpse of brightness. Quite it isn't over getting out and about.
Many places staying dry. -- quite a decent day for getting out and
about. There will be some long, dry spells and a decent amount of
sunshine as well. Temperature