06/06/2014 Midlands Today


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Good evening. 70 years after the D`Day landings in Normandy,

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tributes have been paid across the Midlands to the len

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who changed the course of World War Two.

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For those who couldn't make the trip to France,

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a ceremony was held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

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hundreds came to remember and pay their respects.

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Reverend Dick Sargent was jtst 9 when he reached Utah Beach

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in Normandy. The Stafford clergyman led 200 men, battling waves

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and machine gunfire during those historic first landings.

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The water was shallow, we should not have been there, we were on the

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wrong beach. I spent about half an hour in the water shouldering the

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bolts of the sandbanks so they could let the soldiers down. It sounds

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mundane, but it was the job. It was what we were supposed to do.

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Hundreds stood in silence at the Normandy Veterans Memorial,

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honouring those who paid the ultimate price.

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We had no sense of liberating Europe or the laws or anything elsd. We

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just had rather a lot to do that morning.

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Among those paying respects, a former Royal Marine born on D`Day.

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I was born in 1944 at six o'clock. My mother had been interviewed about

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my birth. This week, D`Day veterans

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from across the West Midlands It means everything, really. Being

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the last trip, it will be more poignant. I can remember my old

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comrades. Today has also bedn about symbols. This pennant was attached

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to the last landing craft to arrive at Utah Beach 70 years ago.

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This commemoration may be the last for many

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but it was also the first for many families.

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For one generation to inspire the next.

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One of the veterans who did make the journey to France

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was Ken Reynolds from Hednesford, who arrived on Sword Beach

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just a couple of days after the D`Day landings.

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Speaking to me from Normandx amid continuing ceremonies,

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he told me how he'd found today's commemorations.

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Quite moving, really. Quite moving. Can you give me an idea of xour role

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in the D`Day landings? You were on Sword Beach? Yes, but I was in

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charge of the rear party, so I had to catch up in a couple of days I

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was not in the first lot. What you find when you got there? Ch`os.

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Chaos, everybody doing everxthing but nobody knowing. We got the guns

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together and shook the enemx up a bit.

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A six`month`old baby died and a second almost lost his life

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were not classed as the highest emergency.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service assessed both cases as Red2,

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which means an ambulance isn't automatically sent.

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Here's our Health Correspondent Michele Paduano.

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Cainan was just six months old when he developed breathing diffhculties.

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An ambulance was two minutes away in Wolverhampton

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But it was not classed as the most urgent case. It was registered

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as a Red2, and a paramedic car 14 minutes away was sent instead.

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Sadly, Cainan didn't survivd. West Midlands Ambulance Service changed

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We lost him because of a catalogue of errors that he did not gdt the

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chance to survive. He did not get the chance to survive. It h`s just

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devastated our lives. its advice to call handlers within

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weeks of his death in Octobdr 2 12 so that babies breathing

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abnormally are sent an ambulance. We do not want this to happdn again

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unnecessarily. We have to lhve with the question, was his death

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necessary? But it did happen again,

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two months later. Thomas Passant,

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who is now nearly two, was having breathing diffictlties

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in December. He too was classed as Red2

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and sent a paramedic in a c`r. It then took 41 minutes to

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get an ambulance to him. Thomas suffered an arrest

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in the ambulance and almost died. The baby was in distress. Hd was

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hardly breathing, fighting for breath. He had erupted heartbeat.

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That was a red alert, our grandson was laying on the floor fighting for

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his life. Paul Passant campaigned for more

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ambulances in Shropshire, but he was never told

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that an ambulance was avail`ble at the time of their call and

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could have got Thomas to hospital much sooner. West Midlands

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Ambulance Service said that Though in the case of Thomas it

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accepts that the investigathon was poor and there was

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no clear reason West Midlands ambulance service has

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apologised for overlooking the fact there was an ambulance available in

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that first investigation. The chief executive contacted the grandfather.

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They said insufficient time was given to the original investigation

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cause they were more concerned about getting more ambulances on the road

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in Shropshire. New guidance on babies with

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breathing difficulties have been brought in

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making them top priority. Hereford United have been ghven

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until tomorrow morning to pay their debts or be thrown out

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of the Football Conference. The club owe almost ?150,000

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to their creditors, The Bulls would be

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relegated two divisions if they fail to meet

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tomorrow's deadline. That's all from me.

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Midlands Today will be back on BBC One

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tomorrow evening at 7.30pm. I'll leave you with the weather

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from Rebecca. Good evening. It has been a pleasant

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day. Through the weekend, things are changing. Tomorrow we have ` Met

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Office yellow weather warning in place for heavy rain. 25 millilitres

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falling within an hour so wd could get localised flooding throtgh the

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day. It is dry at the moment, milder air over the top of us, that will

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help keep the temperatures tp. It is going to be quite a sticky night,

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showers working their way through in the early hours of tomorrow

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morning. Laws of 13 to 16 Cdlsius. We start off tomorrow dry, but it is

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not long before the show 's work their way up from the south. Heavy

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bursts in there. It will be breezy around them, clearing away, and

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behind that, a few residual showers. Temperature is managing to climb up

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to 21 Celsius through the afternoon. Sunday looking much better, good

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spells of sunshine through the day. Temperatures up to

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improve to some extent. The showers move away and a fresh appeal to

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things. Good evening. The good news is,

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there will be some decent dry on a sunny moment to come through the

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weekend. But over the next 24 hours, the threat of thunderstorms

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looms large. The ingredients have been coming together today - warm

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air pushing northwards out of Iberia, cooler air from the Atlantic

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trying to pushed away. In between the cloud has been building with a

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lot of energy in the atmosphere sparking off some nasty

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thunderstorms across parts of northern Spain and south-west

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France. They will produce most of the rainfall tomorrow. Ahead of it,

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the cloud is starting to produce thunderstorms itself. We've seen in

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Cornwall. A few sporadic thunderstorms across central and

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