15/06/2014 Midlands Today


15/06/2014

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A Birmingham businessman who was robbed at gunpoint in his own home

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says he's sickened the gang leader responsible has absconded from jail.

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David Blood, from Tamworth, is one of almost 90 inmates

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currently on the run from Ford Open Prison in Sussex.

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The 48`year`old from Tamworth absconded from Ford Prison

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Police say he's highly dangdrous and shouldn't be approached.

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Businessman Tony Swannie experienced Blood's menace first`hand,

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when his gang forced their way into his Sutton Coldfield home

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It tooks months for our kids to get through this, but it's a very,

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Now this sort of person, the writing's on the wall

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What on earth is he doing in an open prison?

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Blood was finally caught and convicted after robbing

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In 2003, he was jailed for life and describe as the leader of one

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of the most dangerous gangs the West Midlands has seen.

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A man who's now one of 90 inmates at large from Ford prison.

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Blood, we're told, contacted his solicitor recently claiming he was

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facing tougher restrictions because of the case of armed robber Michael

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Wheatley `nicknamed Skullcr`cker ` who absconded from another open

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David Blood is certainly not a dangerous offender.

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I received a telephone call from him approximately thred weeks

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ago in which he was deeply tpset as a result of a temporary release

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that he was going to go on had been unnecessarily and unfairly withdrawn

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from him due to outside circumstances, such

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The Ministry of Justice said it can't comment on those clails.

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I mean, in the past, he's done violent crimes,

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Blood is described as 6 feet 1, of small build with brown exes.

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Detectives say he has links to Staffordshire and Warwickshhre.

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Fans of West Bromwich Albion have reacted angrily to the annotncement

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that Alan Irvine has been appointed as the club's new head coach.

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The 55`year`old former Preston and Sheffield Wednesday boss has

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signed a 12`month rolling contract at The Hawthorns.

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He replaces Spanish coach Pdpe Mel, who left the club

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by mutual consent at the end of the Premier League season.

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Many supporters are unhappy at the appointment.

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I think it is a appointment. Let's see what he does. I think wd've gone

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for cheap. We needed someond with a bit more experience, I think, so I'm

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not very happy. I'm not verx happy, I wanted Tim Sherwood at thd

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manager. I think he would h`ve been a better manager.

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There will be more reaction to Alan Irvine's appointment on

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Pete Morgan at Breakfast on BBC West Midlands tomorrow morning from six.

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Tennis superstars Tim Henman and Martina Navratilova werd

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in Birmingham today for a charity match in memory of

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The 30`year`old former Brithsh women's Number One had liver cancer.

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Legends of tennis put on a spectacle at Edgbaston Priory Club, Grand Slam

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supremo Martina Navratilova playing alongside James Ward,

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All in memory of former British number one Elena Baltacha, who

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played at this club and lost her life to liver cancer last month

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She dealt with a lot of advdrsity in her career, but you know, to be

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playing in the biggest and best tournaments was a great achhevement,

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and as I got to know her more and more over the years, you understand

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The match was originally arranged to lift Elena when she was hll.

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Instead, it was played in her memory, raising monex for

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a cancer charity, and a foundation she set up to help children

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Andy Murray's mum Judy knew her from the age of nine.

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She was amazing. She was ond of my favourite people in the world.

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On court, she was a really, really fierce competitor, heart of a lion,

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She really maxed out on everything she had, because she battled against

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some very significant illnesses and injuries throughout her carder, and

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still managed to play 11 ye`rs for Fed Cup and make the top 50 in two

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successive years, which is a huge achievement, given all the

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Rally for Bally matches are also taking place at the Queen's Club

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and in Eastbourne, the events being described as the tennhs world

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coming together to celebratd the life of Elena Baltacha.

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These stars tennis maybe afternoon fun for all concerned, all hn memory

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of a fellow player who lived for just 30 years.

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Time for a look at the weather now. Kay Forster has the forecast.

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Good evening. It's been a bit of a grey d`y

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We've certainly been lacking that sunshine,

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but we are on the quiet sidd at the moment, and we'll be staying

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High pressure dominating thd scene, so a lot of dry weather,

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and there should be a littld bit of brightness to enjoy as wdll.

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Still a couple of showers to get rid of first.

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They will be pushing their way southwards and westwards through

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We keep a lot of cloud, and we'll keep that mugginess

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as well, with temperatures down to 13 to 14 celsius.

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So, tomorrow morning, the cloud and rain will continue to ptsh

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Some brightness through the morning, but then the cloud will roll back

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in into the afternoon, so it's mostly dry, but fairly cloudy,

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and we are staying on the w`rm side, highs of 20 to 21 Celsius

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That's all for now. I'll be back

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with the late bulletin at 10:20 here on BBC One.

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Until then, have a good evening Bye for now.

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The weather won't be far of what we experience of this weekend. Dry

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weather here and there and fearing amount of sunshine. The best of

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sunshine is in the West. Temperatures getting into the low

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20s. Disappointingly cloudy further east. In between, a few showers

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North-west Scotland and Wales, the odd sharp shower disappearing

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through the night. We could see one or two light showers across East

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Anglia and Kent. The breeze has been keeping temperatures down through

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the day. It will keep temperatures around 12-13. Elsewhere,

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temperatures up more than where they should be for this time of the year.

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Varying amounts of sunshine around. Breezy in the south-east. Thicker

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cloud pushing into northern parts of Scotland through the morning and

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early afternoon. It could be misty on the coasts, and light bursts of

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rain and drizzle

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