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This is the weather forecast for Wednesday 24th July and the outlook for Thursday 25th. The day. A variable amount of cloud throughout the day will allow bright and good spells of sunshine. Today’s top temperature reaching a hot 25 centigrade. The evening and overnight. A dry evening and night. The sun will set at […]
A town’s longstanding cricket and hockey clubs are facing an uncertain future as their home goes up for sale. The Morris Ground in Chase Park, Cannock, is going under the hammer on Wednesday as the body that runs it has gone into receivership.Sport England said the sale was the result of financial difficulties over the last five years.Both Cannock Cricket Club – formed in 1860 – and Cannock Hockey Club play home games at the site.About 1,000 people use the venue where there are also bowls and football facilities, squash courts and a gym. It is owned by the overarching Cannock Cricket & Hockey Club and it is that body, not the individual sports clubs, which has gone into receivership.The process is being managed by Duff and Phelps, which has been contacted for comment.David Robinson, chairman of Cannock Cricket Club – for which ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen once played – said there had been no access to the ground since 28 June, and it was on sale with a guide price of £295,000. The cricket club is fundraising to keep going as without a home, Mr Robinson says, it is having to pay to use other clubs’ grounds, while additionally losing money it would otherwise make from people using facilities.Mr Robinson says there are also concerns a buyer may not want to keep it as a sporting site. “The fear is… we just don’t know where we are going,” he said.”We need to see ourselves to September, then see who purchases it and see how we might be able to move forward.” Latest news from the West MidlandsChris Mayer from Cannock Hockey Club, who represented Great Britain in the 1996 Olympics, said: “It is devastating – the fact we don’t know what the future is, is very upsetting.”There has been a hockey club in Cannock for 114 years, and we don’t know if there is going to be a hockey club come September.”We are very hopeful, and we have got places lined up, but it is not the same as having your own home.”Sport England said it was “disappointed” the site was on sale. “We look forward to having a constructive dialogue to ensure that the successful bidder recognises the need to maintain and enhance the existing sports usage at the site as part of their future plans,” it said. Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.
A mural painted on the side of a Birmingham takeaway has got the attention of US congresswoman Ilhan Omar.And the reason – the piece of art is based on her. Street artist Mohammed ‘Aerosol’ Ali wants it to be a sign of “solidarity” with the American politician.That’s because Ilhan is one of four congresswomen of colour involved in a row with Donald Trump over his comments for them to “go home”.The retweet of his murals by Ilhan, who was born in Somalia, has helped spread Mohammed’s work to thousands of people. “Who would imagine that just a spray can on a brick wall in an inner-city part of Birmingham can have impact around the globe,” he says.”There’s been such positive responses from people of all backgrounds, all faiths, people who say, ‘I stand with Ilhan’, and can see the injustice of how a young woman has been attacked in this way.”The wall where Mohammed painted the mural sits in the heart of one of Birmingham’s large Muslim communities.”Those in hijab are perhaps seen as oppressed or not liberated. This shows that Ilhan and many others that look like her absolutely are empowered.”And by using Ilhan as “a strong image of somebody who spoke out in the face of bigotry and hatred” he hopes others will be inspired.Even though Ilhan plays a part in politics on the other side of the world, Mohammed says there’s a reason why British people can relate to her.”Ilhan’s a strong woman on the other side of an ocean who can connect with people in the streets of Birmingham, London, Manchester or any other city.”The comments she had to put up with, the hatred she has to deal with, this is something that affects each and every one of us in a way. This is a reflection of our realities as well.”He wants people who walk past the mural to see it as an “act of solidarity against a woman who had the power to confront power full on”.It’s just one of several pieces Mohammed has painted around the world.He wants all of his murals to address issues faced by multicultural communities and to “tell the story of everyday people in public spaces”.Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 weekdays – or listen back here.
A woman who underwent a double mastectomy after doctors wrongly diagnosed her with an aggressive form of cancer has said the trauma will remain with her. Sarah Boyle, 28, had chemotherapy and later needed reconstructive surgery before the mistake was noticed.She told the Victoria Derbyshire programme she had been left with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two and BBC News Channel, 10:00 to 11:00 GMT – and see more of our stories here.
A man has been banned from keeping animals for a decade after a dog was left with the “worst skin condition” an RSPCA inspector had ever seen.The charity said when it found the Staffordshire bull terrier type at the home of Daniel Tomlinson, she had lost most of her fur.Tomlinson, 49, of Oxford Street, Stoke-on-Trent, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. The RSPCA said the dog – Daisy – was recovering.Tomlinson, it said, had failed over months to get veterinary treatment for the animal’s chronic skin complaint.According to the charity, its officers investigated in March having been called by police who had attended Tomlinson’s address on an unrelated matter.Latest news from the West MidlandsAt sentencing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on 15 July, he was also given a 14-week suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.On Monday, the RSPCA revealed the extent of the condition in which Tomlinson had left the dog.Inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “It was the worst skin complaint I have seen on a dog during my six years as an RSPCA inspector.”It was obvious she was in a suffering state and had been for months.” Ms Melvin said Tomlinson claimed to have taken Daisy for veterinary treatment previously but never went back for a follow-up appointment so she was left in this “awful condition”.Daisy is now doing well in RSPCA care and will soon be ready for a new home, according to the charity.”Her fur has grown back and she looks like a different dog – she looks so happy and healthy,” said Ms Melvin. Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.
Motorists are now facing travel chaos as a two mile diversion goes in place following the six week closure of the A5190 Lichfield Road.
Staffordshire County Council have closed off 350 metres of the road, until September 2, as part of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet development.
Lichfield Road, which is south of the Mill Green development, is closed between the A460 Eastern Way at the Biffa landfill roundabout and the Devon Road junction near to the Asda.
Work taking place at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock
The diversion will take drivers two miles around Mill Green along the A460 Eastern Way and A4601 Old Hednesford Road/Hednesford Road.
Hayes Way will also remain closed throughout the work at its junction with the A460.
The £160 million outlet village is set to open in 2020 and McArthurGlen has pledged £15 million to the roadworks scheme that will take place at Churchbridge and the A460.
Drainage is going to be installed at the site, as well as a new gas main fitted with an existing main being diverted.
Construction of the ‘Bicester Village of the Midlands’ began last summer after Cannock Chase Council granted planning approval for a designer outlet at Mill Green back in September 2016.
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This is the weather forecast for Tuesday 23rd July and the outlook for Wednesday 24th. The morning. Cloud will fragment allowing good spells of sunshine. The afternoon. A sunny, hot afternoon with today’s top temperature reaching 28 possibly 29 centigrade. The evening and overnight. The sun will set at 21:15. A risk of thunderstorms with […]
England v Ireland, one-off TestVenue: Lord’s Dates: 24-27 July Time: 11:00 BSTCoverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.Ireland’s fast-medium paceman Boyd Rankin says he has no regrets over playing for England as he prepares for his country’s four-day Test at Lord’s.The 35-year-old will this week stride out at the home of cricket in just Ireland’s third Test and their maiden one on English shores.”I have no regrets,” said Rankin on his temporary international switch in 2012.
“At that stage of my career there were no real opportunities to play Test cricket for Ireland.””That has changed now but at that time I wanted to play at the highest level, and representing England was the only way I could do it,” he added.The ultimate Test in Irish cricket odysseyFour uncapped players in Ireland squad for Lord’s TestRoy named in England squad for Ireland TestRankin will go up against former international team-mates this week more than five years after making his solitary long-format appearance for England in a heavy fifth-Test defeat by Australia in Sydney in January 2014.After he was subsequently overlooked by England’s senior and Lions’ teams, the 6ft 7ins bowler gave up hope of a recall and rejoined his native Ireland.”It was a tough Tour to start with,” recalled Rankin. “I made my debut and it was a blur.”I hurt my shoulder a few days before the Test and I wasn’t fully fit going into the game. I felt I had to give it a go. It was one of those that I didn’t know how bad it was until I got back home.”In hindsight, I shouldn’t have played, but when you get an opportunity to play Test cricket it is one you want to take.”I have still got my England shirts and caps. They will be cherished as that is a big part of where I have been. I am really proud of that. They all go up on the wall alongside my Ireland stuff.”
The loss of a breastfeeding support service has prompted fears of a “devastating” impact on a city’s new mothers and its wider health.Stoke-on-Trent’s Community Breastfeeding Team is provided by the local NHS, which says breastfeeding rates in the city are lower than the national average.But the council, which commissions the care and advice package, says numbers have not improved.It says it will not renew the contract. The service is therefore due to expire on 31 August.Kayleigh Wakelin, from Packmoor, used the support service for her baby two years ago and said it was “upsetting” parents had not been consulted.”We haven’t been given any idea of what is going to be left for mums,” she said, adding she had struggled with pain when feeding her daughter.She said if the service had not been there, she may have stopped breastfeeding at four or five weeks, rather than continuing for seven months.Latest news from the West MidlandsThe city council said it recognised that breastfeeding made a “key contribution to a child’s health”, and acknowledged lower-than-average rates.But it said the decision not to renew the contract was precisely because there had been no upswing in numbers.According to a spokesperson, the move was about “providing value-for-money services that make a real difference to people’s lives”.Current arrangements, he said, were “not delivering the outcomes” wanted by the council, and as such were “unacceptable”.It is understood the annual cost of the contract over the last four years has been £170,000.The council said it was unable to provide an accurate number of users.Ongoing healthAn expansion of an existing breastfeeding peer support programme would be investigated as an alternative, the authority said.But peer supporter Melinda O’Brien said losing the NHS community team service was “devastating, not only to Stoke-on-Trent’s mothers but also the ongoing health” of the city.Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT), which delivered the service, said it regretted the council’s decision.It said it was in discussion over enhancing peer support, with professional support continuing to be provided by health visitors and midwives.An MPFT spokesperson told the BBC the council had made a decision based on national measures which monitored initiation rates – breastfeeding within 48 hours of birth – and maintenance rates – breastfeeding at six to eight weeks.Both measures, she said, were “significantly lower in Stoke-on-Trent than the national average”.The council said it had in fact seen a reduction in the number of local women who initiated breastfeeding within 48 hours of delivery.Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.