29/06/2014 Midlands Today


29/06/2014

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The former Worcestershire cricketer Damian D'Oliveira has died.

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He'd been battling cancer for the last two and half ydars

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Worcestershire County Crickdt Club broke the news to players and

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supporters ahead of today's county championship game against Glamorgan.

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Damian D'Oliveira played for Worcestershire County Cricket

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Club between 1982 and 1995, scoring more than 9,000 first class runs.

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But most recently he was dedicated to developing young players

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Today eight of those players were in the team for their countx

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Both teams wearing black arlbands as a sign of respect.

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It's very sad news for the club because he is a Worcestershhre

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border and bred player. His life has been here. To pass away so darly is

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very sad for him and especi`lly the family. They must find it vdry hard.

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It's a big name at Worcestershire. They've got all our prayers today.

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Damian D'Oliveira was responsible for discovering many

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of the current first team spuad which includes his son Brett.

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He was not only a fine county player but also giving a lot back to the

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game. The 53 year old leaves

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behind his wife and three sons Play has continued as usual today

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but the day has been tinged with sadness. This man dedicated his life

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to this club. Police say fears are growing

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for the safety of an elderlx woman from the Black Country who's been

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missing for the last two daxs. 79`year`old Cynthia Beamond,

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from Halesowen, Her family have described hdr

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disappearance as Police are also appealing

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for sightings of her silver A Birmingham MP is calling

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for a change in the rules on parents taking their children

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on holiday during school term time. It comes as one couple are being

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prosecuted for taking their children out of school for a

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trip to America earlier this year. They claim the prosecution hs

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a breach of the Human Rights Act. The MP for Birmingham Yardldy,

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John Hemming, is advising the couple and is hoping the case leads to

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current rules being revised. It's obvious that you need something

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because you can't just allow children out because they nded to go

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to the shops. However, it's clear from this particular case and others

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that have been referred to le more locally, that the current rtles are

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not working and need to be changed. A new campaign to keep children

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safer on the roads as they walk to school is bding

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launched in Staffordshire. It follows an increase

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in the number of drivers fahling to stop for school crossing patrols

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from 11 in 2012 to 18 last xear And, as Liz Copper reports,

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things look to be getting worse as there have already been 06

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incidents this year. Six year old Leighton and Lxnden,

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who's five, rely on their lollipop lady Lorraine

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to help them cross the road safely. But last year the brothers had

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a close shave with a car that didn't stop outshde

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their school in Kidsgrove. The car was already station`ry then

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as the kids got halfway across the road she decided to pull off. We

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shouted out the boys to stop and the driver carried on past the crossing

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then stopped, turned around and drove on.

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I thought he was going to rtn over my Certs. Was that scary?

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The fact that the person had children in the card and sells

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beggars belief. In this case, the driver

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was caught and prosecuted. Road safety campaigners say

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nationally there seems to bd a growing number of cases where

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motorists fail to stop. Some councils have tried attaching

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cameras to lollipops ` that can help provide evidence

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for cases which go to court. It's also a deterrent

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for errant motorists. Most motorists do stop

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at school crossings ` but the message for the minority who

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don't is that irresponsible driving Time for a look at the weather now,

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here's Mel Coles with the forecast. Good evening. There have bedn 1

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showers around today but for many places it has been an improvement on

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yesterday. More settled conditions coming in for next week. It may be

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slightly dry `` maybe one or two showers. This evening, clear skies

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which means the temperatures will drop away with loads of 9 ddgrees.

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In the countryside, they cotld be as low as three or 4 degrees. @ chilly

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start to Monday morning but plenty of early morning sunshine whll stop

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just the risk of an isolated shower and those temperatures creeping up.

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I'll be back with the late bulletin at 10:15pl

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Until then, enjoy your Sunday evening.

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Northern Ireland, the afternoon will be dry and bright, 17 or 18 the top

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temperatures. We have some sunny spells across northern England.

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Heading across southern counties of England,

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spells across northern England. Heading across southern counties the

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risk of a light shower. Fairly scattered. The small risk of one

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affecting Wimbledon. Temperatures in London at 20. More overcast across

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Devon and Cornwall with the threat of patchy rain. Most places on

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Tuesday will stay dry with sunny spells and warm weather in the

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South.

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