24/07/2014 Midlands Today


24/07/2014

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She was overlooked for the Olympics but tonight Jody Stimpson is

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the toast of the Black Country after becoming England's first gold

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The 25`year`old triathlete from Oldbury struck gold just four

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And, to complete a Midlands double, Vicky Holland from Newent in

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A moment she'd spent her life striving for.

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The anthem confirmed that Jodie Stimpson is the Commonwealth

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This is like all year and I have to thank so many people who have got me

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through. To share a podium with Vicky is really special.

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Jodie's 25 and this a gold medal a long time in the making.

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She took up triathlon aged eight and began competing aged nine.

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She became a full`time athlete but funding was hard and a building

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Her main aim was to compete at London 2012.

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But she was controversially omitted from the team with the selectors

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So today, she was determined to make it count.

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Jodie was up with the pace through the swim, she

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And after setting the tempo for the run she kicked for home.

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She dashed for glory beating Canada's Kirsten Sweetland

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into second with Vicky Holland, from Newent, in Gloucestershire

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It is awesome that my family get to see me in a championship race after

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missing last time. It's been an emotional day `

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but one that Jodie Stimpson will And that was just the start

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of the medal rush for the region. Most of the success came in the

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velodrome as the cyclists fought out This is the first time that

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paralympic cycling has been a Commonwealth Games event

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and Halesowen's Helen Scott was Scott is the sighted pilot

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for visually impaired rider Sophie In the final they faced a Scottish

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duo with the roars of the home crowd driving them

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on but it was Helen and Sophie who came out on top, winning the first

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two races to clinch the gold. We don't know if we will be in the

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Commonwealth Games again but it is fantastic that one of our events is

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in. Maybe another one of our events may be put in as well.

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There were other gold medal chances on the track too.

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Kian Emadi from Stoke on Trent was third man in England's

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team sprint trio and he gave it his best shot but

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the New Zealand team were inspired and Emadi had to settle for silver.

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It was silver as well for Wolverhampton's Andy Tennant.

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He joined Sir Bradley Wiggins in the team pursuit

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but they were comfortably second best to Australia in the final.

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And there was yet another silver medal for Kelly Edwards from Telford

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She was controversially beaten on disqualification in the final

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And in the last hour there's been yet another medal.

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Kidderminster's Amy Smith was part of the English four

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by 100 metres freestyle team which won a silver in the pool.

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For the first time, retailers in Birmingham city centre's biggest

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The Muslim holiday on Monday marks the end of Ramadan.

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Amy Cole joins us now from the city centre.

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I have been hearing it has been successful. There has been a lot of

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people out and about enjoying and making the most of it. The city

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centre drive is underway but there are some local businesses that are

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concerned the city centre is cashing in. As the sun started to go down,

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the shoppers started to come out. The first time, shops and extended

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their opening hours so they could begin buying their goods in time for

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Eid celebrations on Monday. In trading terms, Eid is it on a par

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with Christmas. Feedback so far has been positive. Selfridge's are very

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busy and there is a lot more people out this evening and a lot more

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families out. How have shoppers reacted? Now we are all shopping, it

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is a good idea that they have done this. People leave it to the last

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minute. Not everybody is happy. This woman owns a clothes shop. For years

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she has stayed up late but is now worried about competition from the

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city centre. People used to come to Asian shops that nowadays, they are

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saying the city centre is open so they are rushing thereof than come

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to the small shops. For retailers, it is a gamble but so far looks to

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be paying off. Birmingham told me they would be looking closely at the

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figures over the next few days, analyse and report fall and the

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revenue that has been generated and if it is successful, they will look

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to do it again in October when the next Eid Holliday takes place.

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A teenage dwarf was asked to prove he was disabled when he tried to

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17`year`old Kain Francis has now been refused travel five times

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in the last two weeks because of the disability bike he uses to

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It's a disability aid that helps him get around.

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But over the last two weeks, when he's tried to catch the bus, it's

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We got on the bus and the guy was not having it. He said I couldn't

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bring my bike on the bus. He wouldn't let me speak. He asked me

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if it had stabilisers on it. The 17`year`old from Kingstanding

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in Birmingham has dwarfism Last night he was refused travel

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twice in 20 minutes and in one case, in front of a busy bus,

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the driver astonishingly asked him He was telling me that I had to

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prove I was disabled and I couldn't come on the bus until I could prove

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I was disabled. I asked him if he wanted to see my scars.

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Kain's family have already had a written apology

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from the bus company for the first incident two weeks ago,

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but as we found out this afternoon the problems are still continuing.

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We took the footage to show National Express West Midlands,

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It is happening every time I have tried to get on the bus. It is

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embarrassing. We are sorry for the inconvenience and didn't realise the

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anomaly quick enough and didn't understand what was causing this

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problem. We have acted very quickly and have got a letter out to him

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today that he can show to every driver and I am confident he will

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not experience this problem again. Kain and his family are hoping

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that's the case and he won't be left We'll be back at Breakfast

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from six tomorrow morning. Rebecca Wood has the weather

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forecast, a very goodnight to you. There is very little change for our

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forecast tomorrow. Things will get a little bit different but we do have

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another sunny day to come tomorrow. It will be warm and staying dry for

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the most part. We do have clear skies overhead and we could get mist

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patches developing. It is another sticky night with temperatures

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ranging between 15 and 16 Celsius. We start off tomorrow with those

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clear skies which means the sun will be out for most of us. Our

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temperatures are getting up to 27 Celsius. There will be a little more

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cloud about which will take the edge of temperatures. By the time we get

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through to Saturday, we have a weakening front that will bring

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spirals of rain. is getting too much for many people.

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By Sunday, the temp will be cooler than today. Tonight, another warm

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and comfortable night for sleeping.

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