22/01/2017 Midlands Today


22/01/2017

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A four-year-old boy has been praised by the emergency services

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after dialling 999 when his mother collapsed suddenly at home.

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Jake Onions from Shropshire reacted the moment he saw her lying

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motionless on the floor of their kitchen.

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Four-year-old Jake Onions at his home in Telford

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Even at his tender age he knew exactly what to do when his mum

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She stumbled and fled. Her son picked up a mobile phone and dialled

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999. where she can loose consciousness

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at any moment. I woke up with him tugging on my

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hair. He was on the phone to the police lady on the service and she

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was trying to talk to me. She said what a wonderful little boy he is.

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And it wasn't easy for Jake, he has developmental problems

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with his speech making his family even more proud.

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It was so emotional, just hearing him and knowing that my little boy

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was on his own, that is how it felt to me. He was trying to get the

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right help for me. He knew what the lady was saying but for him to get

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it across and say what was going on was amazing.

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The operator who took the call for West Mercia Police said

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she'd shed a few tears after speaking to Jake.

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Campaigners opposed to plans for the controversial high speed

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rail link between London, Birmingham and the north of England

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say their fight will continue, despite the news that phase one

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is likely to get royal assent in the next month.

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Protestors say there are still issues over construction

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of the line and how it will affect people living nearby.

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A group of elderly and disabled people have had a roller

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coaster of a week - and now their fortunes have

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First a trailer filled with their mobility scooters

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was stolen then a Midlands Today viewer donated a new trailer.

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Well, the stolen trailer's been returned, and they've had scooters

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and a wheelchair given to them too by people touched by their story.

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They've certainly got something to sing about now.

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The Place of Refuge Community Church in Walsall had had a terrible week

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when a trailer and mobility scooters were stolen.

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It threatened day trips and independence for

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But yesterday, after an anonymous tip off, their trailer was returned.

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I find it hard to cry but inside I was really sad and really really

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worried that we would not get it back. Now I feel really willing

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proud that they have. They have brought it back and... And I will be

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able to regain my life again. Earlier this week Midlands Today

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viewer Darren Logan donated another trailer, and he's happy to let them

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to keep it. The viewers and listeners, the

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contacts we have had through this misfortune, it is probably the

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positives outweigh the negatives and I want to thank everybody who was

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listening now. Mobility scooters and a wheelchair

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still haven't been returned - The fantastic thing is they ended up

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with more wheelchairs and mobility scooters than they had in the first

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place, such as been the response from the public.

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West Midlands police are investigating.

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Meanwhile, the church is now planning lots of trips out.

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The Midlands based discount retailer Poundland has been fined more

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than ?130,000 after pleading guilty to eight offences under Food Safety

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Birmingham City Council Prosecuted the Willenhall based company

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after environmental health officers found evidence of mouse activity

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throughout its store in central Birmingham on two

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Wasps scored seven tries to defeat zebra. They will play Leinster in

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the quarterfinals. It's been a bitterly

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cold weekend hasn't it? Claire Baffin-Massie sent us this

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frosty photograph of the sun rising And it looks like there are more sub

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zero temperatures to come this week? Despite high pressure in charge, we

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have seen quite a lots of variations, sunny spells, cloud and

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snow. Through this evening and overnight, we have cloud around but

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some breaks and the chance of seeing this -- frost developing and patchy

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fog. Lows of minus four Celsius. A chilly start tomorrow, some dense

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patches of fog first thing. The fog will lift and in some areas it could

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last all day but we will see bright intervals, temperatures not up to

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much, five Celsius and similar on Tuesday.

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I'm back with the late bulletin at 10:22pm.

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Until then, enjoy the rest of your evening.

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