17/05/2014 Midlands Today


17/05/2014

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That's it for now. We're back with the late news at 10. 15pm. Now it's

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Good evening. A memorial service has time

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Good evening. A memorial service has taken place in Herefordshire for a

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serviceman who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month.

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Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, who was 26, grew up and went to school

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in Kington. This afternoon, hundreds of mourners turned out to remember

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him. Yvonne Brissett reports. Honoured in the town where he spent

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his childhood. Those who couldn't get into the packed St Mary's church

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in Kington this afternoon listened to the service outside as they

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gathered to give thanks for the life of Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas.

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Oliver lived his life to the full. There was never a dull moment when

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Oliver was around. He was a lovely, kind gentleman. It was clear that

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when you spoke to those who came into contact with him how much they

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warmed to his presence. Inside the church, moving tributes to the

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26`year`old army reservist who'd told his family he was fulfilling

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his dreams by serving his country. Lance Corporal Thomas was one of

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five servicemen killed in the helicopter crash in Kandahar last

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month. Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan from Birmingham also died.

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The Ministry of Defence has said it believes the crash was a tragic

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accident. His family held a private cremation service yesterday, but

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wanted to give the wider community a chance to come together and

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celebrate Oliver's life. He was a very caring and genuinely caring

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person for everybody. A fitting recognition for a young man

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described as "courageous, brave and selfless". Yvonne Brissett, BBC

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Midlands Today, Kington in Herefordshire. In football, Burton

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Albion are heading for Wembley. The Brewers drew 2`all against Southend

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in the second leg of their League Two play`off semifinal this

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afternoon. The result gave them a 3`2 aggregate victory. They'll face

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Fleetwood in the final on the 26th of this month. Binmen in Birmingham

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have been working overtime to collect tonnes of green waste which

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has been dumped across the city. Since the council started charging

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for garden waste collections, many objectors have left their bags at

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the roadside in protest. Earlier, some of the worst eyesores were

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cleared. 16 fire engines were called to a fire at a wood recycling plant

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in Meriden last night. The blaze involved a huge pile of wood

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chippings. Around 70 firefighters helped bring it under control. There

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were no reported injuries. A statue of a gorilla made entirely from

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spoons has been unveiled in Shropshire. The 12`foot`high beast

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took five months to complete and will go to the home of the

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entertainer Uri Geller, who says he commissioned the work to help

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inspire sick children. Ben Godfrey reports. In the shops shut

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sunshine, a pilgrimage of sorts to meet a primate made solely of

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spoons. A short Rolls`Royce drive away, a caged gorilla was waiting.

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The entertainer Uri Geller along with Prince Michael of Kent, could

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wait no longer. I'm stunned. Amazed. I cannot believe what I am seeing. I

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have not seen it completed. This is one of a kind. The British ironwork

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centre created this in just five months. At first, it will reside in

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your regular's garden in Berkshire. It will be used to take to certain

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children's hospitals to raise money for charity. It is all for a very

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serious purpose. 40,000 spoons were needed. Samantha Maxwell collected

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over 700. It was a bit of a job to be honest. we have had it under lock

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and key for months. No press, no media. So how will they get this

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gorilla into your regular's garden? He says he will hire a helicopter

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and winch it into a nets just like in King Kong. It's been a glorious

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day. Here's Kaye Forster with the weather.

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in King Kong. It's been a glorious day. Here's Kaye Forster with Born

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Sunshine to come tomorrow as today. Temperatures will be soaring once

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again. A bit of cloud floating in this evening but it is mostly dry

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tonight. Temperatures not much lower than ten or 11 Celsius. Tomorrow

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morning, a beautiful start once again with lots of lovely sunshine.

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There will be a bit more cloud into the afternoon but it is dry, sunny

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and very warm with is eyes of 22. That's it from us. Midlands Today is

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back tomorrow evening at 6.50pm. Until then, enjoy your weekend in

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the sunshine. Bye bye. Good evening. Who needs an expensive

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holiday? Today at 24 degrees, Suffolk was warmer than Ibiza and

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Crete. There was lots of warm sunshine to be found across England

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and Wales. Of course, that hasn't

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