10/02/2017 Midlands Today


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There's been disruption to road and rail traffic in Herefordshire,

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after a lorry loaded with 28 tonnes of grain CRASHED into a house

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No one was injured in this morning's accident near Lemster,

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but train services were badly affected and the road had to be

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The lorry crashed into the house next to a level crossing

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in Leominster in freezing conditions just before 6am.

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It was stuck on its side, embedded into the brickwork

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The man who lives there, who does not want to be named,

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spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester earlier.

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I guessed something had gone into the house.

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I knew it wouldn't be a train because it wouldn't be

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I jumped out of bed, put on some trainers and came

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As you can see, the lorry won't go anywhere.

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The lorry was carrying 28 tonnes of grain.

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The recovery operation took all morning as a structural engineer

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advised crews on the ground, and power lines were taken down.

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We first wanted to make sure everyone was all right and not

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injured which I am happy to confirm is the case.

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Next, it was about how do we recover the situation as safely as possible.

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Unfortunately it has had a big effect on the railway network

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and roads, inconveniencing people quite a bit.

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Slowly, steadily, the lorry was winched away revealing damaged

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A friend of the owner gave his reaction.

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I was delighted to see it was standing.

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It doesn't seem to be too badly damaged.

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You must be worried about your friend?

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Oh, yes, very worried, quite a shock.

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As you can see, after several hours, the lorry has now been moved,

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the clear-up operation is going on, and the bricks that were damaged

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Trains between Shrewsbury and Hereford were cancelled

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By early afternoon, things were getting back to normal.

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Joanne Writtle, BBC Midlands Today, Leominster.

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A 75-year-old man has died following a serious

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It happened at a property on City Road, in Edgbaston, just after 4.30.

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West Midlands Police said nothing could be done to save the man,

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who was pronounced dead at the scene.

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His Death Is Not Being Treated As Suspicious.

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People in a remote part of Herefordshire say they'll be

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forced to travel at least 14 miles to their nearest bank,

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after their last local branch closed it's doors for good.

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One customer in Kington was SO frustrated he decided

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to ride his horse to deposit his last cheque.

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It's one of 62 branches being closed by HSBC this year.

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The bank says 93% of customer contact at that branch was done

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on the internet or the phone, and not in person.

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Now, it's a moment 30 years in the making -

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a Staffordshire father has finally met the daughter

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A DNA test confirmed that John Duncan was indeed the father

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And incredibly, it seems they spent years going to the same pub

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without knowing they were father and daughter.

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Many an extraordinary story has been told in pubs.

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A 52-year-old psychological coach from Stone, happy married,

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This is Fifi who, approaching her 30th birthday last year,

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decided now is the time to find her father,

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Two strangers who were frequenting the same pub.

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I went on holiday to a very beautiful place, sat on the edge

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of a loch with some writing paper and decided to go for it and do it.

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Fifi Giannitto wrote this letter to the man

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she believed to be her father, a man who hadn't seen her

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grow up because he was unaware she even existed.

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And I hope you want to be in touch with me.

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Fifi had done her own detective work, finding her father's address.

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John Duncan received the letter and struggled to believe

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I turned up to kind of explain that I wasn't her dad.

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But John did agree to have a DNA test.

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The number came up as 99.99% positive, so there is

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And I just sat there, I don't know how long I sat

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I can't tell you, I just sat looking at that screen.

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You have waves of emotion of anger, happiness.

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John had a relationship with Fifi's mother in the 1980s,

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Why, after 30 years, were you not aware that John was your dad?

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She had her reasons, we don't really want to focus on that part.

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We are just happy that we've found each other now

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I think he is wonderful. Amazing.

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I am so happy he wants me in his life.

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She is kind, she's intelligent,

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she's beautiful. She's caring.

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She's everything you could want in a daughter.

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As if this story couldn't be any more extraordinary,

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Fifi and John's paths have probably crossed before.

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So, we could have been standing at the bar next to each other,

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Proving that some surprises are worth the wait.

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Ben Godfrey, BBC Midlands Today, Stone.

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In football, Birmingham City fell to a 3-nil

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The home side took the lead early in the first half

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Birmingham's best chance came when Craig Gardner hit

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But moments later Sam Winall extended Sheffield's lead before

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the result was put beyond doubt through Adam Reach's late goal.

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We'll be back tomorrow afternoon at 4.05pm.

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I'll leave you now with the weather from Rebecca Wood.

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Good evening. We have had some wintry flurries today but also some

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signs of spring arriving at there. They will be chilly and this weekend

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will continue to stay cold, and plenty more cloud to climb, thick

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enough to squeeze out and showers at times. This evening and overnight we

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have clear spells and where we get those temperatures fall, seeing them

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dipping down to a possible -3, but also wintry flurries, pushing their

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way in from the east, so we are not quite out of the woods just yet and

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into tomorrow that north-easterly breeze is going to continue to bring

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some showers right away, and at times they will fall as something

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sleety, snowy, and they wintry mix out there so it will be a cold start

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to tomorrow with the showers blowing through eventually there will start

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to turn more to rain, and temperatures will left up to a

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possible 2-3 Celsius. Think of this weekend, and here is the national

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forecast. exception to that rule probably over

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the hills where again there could be a bit of snow, but not accumulating.

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Another cold However I paint this weekend's

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picture, I'll need a palette of grey. Thereby a a lot of cloud

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around but I managed to find some sunshine. I don't know how but there

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was a couple of hours towards the south-west in Cornwall, a beautiful

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day. The south-west saw glimpses of sunshine. Further east, cloudy, cold

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and grey with winds off the North seep and a scattering of wintry

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showers. Yes, rain sleet and snow, a dusting at lower levels through the

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day. It brought this beautiful picture on the outskirts of

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Aberdeenshire. But enough of the sun, let's get

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