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Good evening. late news at 10:35.
75 years ago today, a massive explosion at a Staffordshire
colliery claimed the lives of 57 miners.
Those men and their families have been remembered
at a special memorial to the New Year's Day
At Holy Trinity Church in Burslem, the names of the lost
57 men and boys were killed in the Sneyd pit.
The youngest was just 15 years of age.
The explosion happened at eight o'clock on the morning of January
Almost all the miners there were killed immediately.
He was the 39th miner they got out and he had
an electric light on, which I suppose was
a battery-operated light, but some of them hadn't
What makes this such a tragedy is these men would never have
normally worked on New Year's Day, but they'd been called
in on this particular occasion to support the war effort.
I did work and made friends with some of the survivors
and the stories they gave me were just incredible.
Those brave men that went in, the rescue teams that
This afternoon, the hymns and prayers here were dedicated
to the victims of the disaster and their families.
People from my own congregation said they just whispered the name
of somebody who was close to them because it was a very major
industry in the Potteries for many, many decades.
The Sneyd pit, a workhorse of the Staffordshire coalfields,
But today, the scars and scale of human suffering in a small
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died following being hit
by a car while out celebrating the New Year.
The 43-year-old, who hasn't been named, was hit by a car
on Wolverhampton Road in Sandwell just before eight
A 46-year-old woman driver is assisting officers
A 13-year-old schoolboy who died from his injuries
after being knocked down in the Black Country last
week has been described by his parents as an "amazing,
Sean Williams, from Bushbury in Wolverhampton, was hit
by a car in Wednesfield last Thursday afternoon.
The driver of the car is helping police with their investigations.
Coventry has been praised as an example of "Britain
at its best" by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
In his New Year message, recorded in Coventry,
The Most Reverend Justin Welby said the city's response to its
devastation in the Second World War set an example of reconciliation.
Surrendering to the demands of television lighting,
the Archbishop of Canterbury prepares to deliver his New Year's
Justin Welby returned to Coventry, the city where he started out
as a clergyman, a city whose wartime suffering and forgiveness, he says,
The story of this city says so much that is true
about Britain at its best, about our courage, our standing up
to tyranny, how we stand alongside the suffering and defeated,
how we stand for human dignity and hope.
The Archbishop visited a drop-in centre for refugees,
people he called "a blessing to our way of life".
And he drew his message to a close by focusing on an issue that has
divided so many parts of the country.
The EU referendum was a tough campaign and it has left divisions.
But I know that if we look at our roots, our history,
our culture and our Christian tradition, if we reach back
into what is best in this country, we will find a path
towards reconciling the differences that have divided us.
From Coventry to Canterbury, the Archbishop believes that looking
back can only help us prepare for the future.
Four of Worcestershire's minor injury units -
at Bromsgrove, Malvern, Evesham and Tenbury -
have been closed today to enable staff to help out at the county's
Demand for services at the Worcestershire Royal
and the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch has been high
on what the local NHS describe as "an unusually busy" New Year's
Two rugby results from the Premiership today.
Gloucester went down 13-12 to Northampton,
but a great win for Worcester, who beat Harlequins 24-17.
And one football result in the National League -
Let's have a look at the weather now with Alex Hamilton.
Good evening and a happy new year to you.
We are expecting some brighter weather in the new year
after all of that wet weather we had earlier today thanks to this area
of high pressure that's starting to push in.
As we have a look at the detail tonight, that rain clears away
to the south and then we're just expecting the odd shower here
Dropping very cold, though, with lows of minus three Celsius.
We are expecting a bright and frosty start tomorrow morning.
Not quite wall-to-wall sunshine, but some decent sunny
Feeling very chilly, though, with highs of only around
Some bright weather for the next couple of days.
I'll be back with our late bulletin just after 10.50pm.
Until then, have a good evening and a very Happy New Year.
Good evening. Well, to Bake Off 2017, the weather has been fairly
mixed, wet and cloudy in the South, colder but clearer further north.
This was taken in County Down earlier in the day, plenty of
sunshine there, but with clear skies by day, a cold nights tonight. That
will fill the south across the country, the cloud and rain clearing
through the early hours of Monday morning across that area. This is
how it is looking first thing, cold and frosty, colder than this in the
countryside, still some wintry showers for northern Scotland into
the north-east of England, so a chance of icy stretches first thing
on untreated surfaces. Through the day, Monday is looking quite decent,
mostly dry with wintry sunshine and light winds, still