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She was overlooked for the Olympics but tonight Jody Stimpson is
the toast of the Black Country after becoming England's first gold
The 25`year`old triathlete from Oldbury struck gold just four
And, to complete a Midlands double, Vicky Holland from Newent in
A moment she'd spent her life striving for.
The anthem confirmed that Jodie Stimpson is the Commonwealth
This is like all year and I have to thank so many people who have got me
through. To share a podium with Vicky is really special.
Jodie's 25 and this a gold medal a long time in the making.
She took up triathlon aged eight and began competing aged nine.
She became a full`time athlete but funding was hard and a building
Her main aim was to compete at London 2012.
But she was controversially omitted from the team with the selectors
So today, she was determined to make it count.
Jodie was up with the pace through the swim, she
And after setting the tempo for the run she kicked for home.
She dashed for glory beating Canada's Kirsten Sweetland
into second with Vicky Holland, from Newent, in Gloucestershire
It is awesome that my family get to see me in a championship race after
missing last time. It's been an emotional day `
but one that Jodie Stimpson will And that was just the start
of the medal rush for the region. Most of the success came in the
velodrome as the cyclists fought out This is the first time that
paralympic cycling has been a Commonwealth Games event
and Halesowen's Helen Scott was Scott is the sighted pilot
for visually impaired rider Sophie In the final they faced a Scottish
duo with the roars of the home crowd driving them
on but it was Helen and Sophie who came out on top, winning the first
two races to clinch the gold. We don't know if we will be in the
Commonwealth Games again but it is fantastic that one of our events is
in. Maybe another one of our events may be put in as well.
There were other gold medal chances on the track too.
Kian Emadi from Stoke on Trent was third man in England's
team sprint trio and he gave it his best shot but
the New Zealand team were inspired and Emadi had to settle for silver.
It was silver as well for Wolverhampton's Andy Tennant.
He joined Sir Bradley Wiggins in the team pursuit
but they were comfortably second best to Australia in the final.
And there was yet another silver medal for Kelly Edwards from Telford
She was controversially beaten on disqualification in the final
And in the last hour there's been yet another medal.
Kidderminster's Amy Smith was part of the English four
by 100 metres freestyle team which won a silver in the pool.
For the first time, retailers in Birmingham city centre's biggest
The Muslim holiday on Monday marks the end of Ramadan.
Amy Cole joins us now from the city centre.
I have been hearing it has been successful. There has been a lot of
people out and about enjoying and making the most of it. The city
centre drive is underway but there are some local businesses that are
concerned the city centre is cashing in. As the sun started to go down,
the shoppers started to come out. The first time, shops and extended
their opening hours so they could begin buying their goods in time for
Eid celebrations on Monday. In trading terms, Eid is it on a par
with Christmas. Feedback so far has been positive. Selfridge's are very
busy and there is a lot more people out this evening and a lot more
families out. How have shoppers reacted? Now we are all shopping, it
is a good idea that they have done this. People leave it to the last
minute. Not everybody is happy. This woman owns a clothes shop. For years
she has stayed up late but is now worried about competition from the
city centre. People used to come to Asian shops that nowadays, they are
saying the city centre is open so they are rushing thereof than come
to the small shops. For retailers, it is a gamble but so far looks to
be paying off. Birmingham told me they would be looking closely at the
figures over the next few days, analyse and report fall and the
revenue that has been generated and if it is successful, they will look
to do it again in October when the next Eid Holliday takes place.
A teenage dwarf was asked to prove he was disabled when he tried to
17`year`old Kain Francis has now been refused travel five times
in the last two weeks because of the disability bike he uses to
It's a disability aid that helps him get around.
But over the last two weeks, when he's tried to catch the bus, it's
We got on the bus and the guy was not having it. He said I couldn't
bring my bike on the bus. He wouldn't let me speak. He asked me
if it had stabilisers on it. The 17`year`old from Kingstanding
in Birmingham has dwarfism Last night he was refused travel
twice in 20 minutes and in one case, in front of a busy bus,
the driver astonishingly asked him He was telling me that I had to
prove I was disabled and I couldn't come on the bus until I could prove
I was disabled. I asked him if he wanted to see my scars.
Kain's family have already had a written apology
from the bus company for the first incident two weeks ago,
but as we found out this afternoon the problems are still continuing.
We took the footage to show National Express West Midlands,
It is happening every time I have tried to get on the bus. It is
embarrassing. We are sorry for the inconvenience and didn't realise the
anomaly quick enough and didn't understand what was causing this
problem. We have acted very quickly and have got a letter out to him
today that he can show to every driver and I am confident he will
not experience this problem again. Kain and his family are hoping
that's the case and he won't be left We'll be back at Breakfast
from six tomorrow morning. Rebecca Wood has the weather
forecast, a very goodnight to you. There is very little change for our
forecast tomorrow. Things will get a little bit different but we do have
another sunny day to come tomorrow. It will be warm and staying dry for
the most part. We do have clear skies overhead and we could get mist
patches developing. It is another sticky night with temperatures
ranging between 15 and 16 Celsius. We start off tomorrow with those
clear skies which means the sun will be out for most of us. Our
temperatures are getting up to 27 Celsius. There will be a little more
cloud about which will take the edge of temperatures. By the time we get
through to Saturday, we have a weakening front that will bring
spirals of rain. is getting too much for many people.
By Sunday, the temp will be cooler than today. Tonight, another warm
and comfortable night for sleeping.