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A low pressure system moving over Iceland will be bringing high winds during Tuesday. I have decided to issue an advisory for strong gusts of wind that could exceed 40 mph force 7-8 during daylight hours on Tuesday. Advisory from 08:00-18:00 Tuesday 10th December for high winds gusting around 40 mph
Crewe boss David Artell says rescheduling their suspended League Two fixture at Macclesfield would “preserve the integrity of the competition”.Saturday’s match was called off by the English Football League after Silkmen players went unpaid and said their mental wellbeing was at “rock bottom”.Artell says he will not push to be awarded three points and is happy to fulfil the fixture at a later date.
“We could make a big song and dance,” he told BBC Radio Stoke.”I don’t mind playing. That keeps the integrity of the competition. If there was a rule that said they would lose the three points automatically then that’s fine, but that’s not the case.”Following the fixture suspension, Macclesfield owner Amar Alkadhi said he was in “advanced negotiations with various third parties” over a possible takeover of the club.Meanwhile, Artell said that not allowing suspended midfielders Jay Harris and Connor Kirby to feature for the Silkmen in the eventual rearranged fixture would also be fair.”The two lads who were suspended should be suspended for our game,” he continued.”I’m not saying that because they are their best, worst or most influential players, I’m saying it because that’s the integrity of the competition. “It is more important than our feelings of wrongdoing or Macclesfield’s feelings of hardship.”
A train strike planned for Saturday has been cancelled.
West Midlands Railway has come to an agreement with the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) after a dispute broke out regrading the role of senior train conductors.
In an announcement, West Midlands Railways said staff were no longer striking on Saturday, December 14 and a full service would be reinstated.
Passengers standing on a West Midlands Railway train in October 2019 (Image: Graham Young / BirminghamLive)
But the development has come too late to change schedules which still might wrongly show a strike is going ahead.
A statement said: “We have reached an agreement with the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) to settle a trade dispute regarding the role of senior conductors on new trains.
“Both sides have worked hard on our shared vision to keep a conductor on every train, which is great news for passengers and staff alike.
“This means that no further strike action will take place.
“However, this agreement has come too late to withdraw Saturday’s amended timetable as the national deadline for short-notice changes has passed.
“Future schedules are of course being amended to ensure a full Saturday service is reinstated from 14th December, including Advance ticket quotas.”
There has been rail chaos in recent weeks with travellers reporting people fainting, crying in distress and arguing with fellow passengers and staff because of a lack of seats and delays.
The affected services were set to be:
Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury
Kidderminster and Hereford
Hereford and Bromsgrove
Whitlocks End and Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon and Dorridge
Dorridge and Leamington Spa
Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley
Rugby and Crewe via Nuneaton and Rugeley Trent Valley
Crewe and Stafford via Stoke-on-Trent
Bletchley and Bedford
Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey
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One of the last surviving pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain during World War Two has died aged 101.Flight Lieutenant Maurice Mounsdon was one of only four remaining members of The Few – a group of 3,000 airmen who defended the skies above southern England from the Nazis in 1940.The head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, said Mr Mounsdon’s bravery should never be forgotten.The Battle of Britain led to the deaths of 544 RAF pilots and aircrew. The pilot who parachuted in flames
Churchill’s ‘Few’ – 70 years on
Their bravery and sacrifice in withstanding the greater numbers of German pilots of the Luftwaffe and a possible invasion was recognised by then Prime Minister Winston Churchill.”Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he told MPs.Churchill’s “Few”, as RAF crew, who included Polish, Canadian and New Zealand pilots among others, became known, have been celebrated ever since.Mr Mounsdon was described by his nephew, Adrian Mounsdon, as a “great man” who would be missed by his family, the Daily Mirror reported.ACM Wigston said he was “deeply saddened” by Mr Mounsdon’s death, saying the veteran had “fought for and won our freedom”.”His was a remarkable story, which will continue to inspire this and future generations of the Royal Air Force, his bravery and sacrifice should never be forgotten,” he added.In 2015, Mr Mounsdon told the BBC he was serving with 56 Squadron out of North Weald when he was sent out to intercept some bombers on 31 August 1940.He managed to shoot at one of them, but then a German cannon shell hit the fuel tank of his Hawker Hurricane.”I was on fire. There was only one thing to do and that was to get out as fast as possible,” he told the BBC.”I was badly burned, but I rolled the aircraft over and came down by parachute from 14,000ft.”He said it was the first time he had used a parachute and he was “jolly lucky”.Mr Mounsdon, who had terrible burns to his legs and hands, landed in a field in the village of High Easter, Essex, where he was found by local people.He spent a number of years in various hospitals, where he had skin grafts.While in hospital, he married his childhood sweetheart Mary.The couple moved to the Spanish island Menorca in the late 1970s and lived there until she died in 1993.For Mr Mousdon’s 100th birthday in September last year the Red Arrows paid tribute to him with a flyover off the coast of Menorca.The three surviving members of the Few are Flt Lt William Clark, 100, Wing Commander Paul Farnes, 101, and Flying Officer John Hemingway, 100.
First women’s one-day international, Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala LumpurPakistan 209 (44.4 overs): Maroof 69, Riaz 39, Cross 4-32England 284-6 (50 overs): Wyatt 110, Beaumont 107, Shamim 3-61England win by 75 runsScorecardCenturies from Danni Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont led England women to a 75-run win in the first one-day international against Pakistan in Kuala Lumpur.The openers hit 110 and 107 respectively with captain Heather Knight adding 41 as England finished on 284-6 in the Malaysian capital.Kate Cross then took four wickets as Pakistan were dismissed for 209.
Wyatt, whose ton was her first in ODIs, said: “To get that hundred out there with Tammy was an amazing feeling.”Beaumont added: “It’s always great to bat with Dan, we’ve had some exceptional partnerships over the years so it’s great to have her at the top of the order with me.”In addition to Cross’ haul, leg-spinner Sarah Glenn took two wickets on her England debut.It was England’s first match since head coach Mark Robinson stepped down in August. Interim coach Ali Maiden is overseeing the tour before Lisa Keightley takes over as head coach in January.The second one-day international against Pakistan takes place on Thursday with the three-match series finishing on Saturday.The ODIs are England’s final fixtures in the ICC Women’s Championship, which determines qualification for the 2021 World Cup – although they are all but mathematically certain to qualify.AnalysisBy Henry Moeran – BBC Sport cricket reporter in Kuala LumpurThis was a good start to life after Mark Robinson with England worthy winners against a resolute Pakistan. The new-look opening partnership of Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt flourished as both hit fine centuries. Wyatt’s first ODI ton in her 72nd appearance underlines a new-found consistency that her career has often lacked.Despite losing early wickets, the ‘hosts’ – these games of course being played far away from Pakistan – fought hard and appear to be a vastly improved side compared to when the teams last met in 2017.The headlines will go to Beaumont and Wyatt, but Kate Cross’ four wickets and a debut scalp for Sarah Glenn are real positives from the bowlers.New coach Lisa Keightley isn’t officially in charge until January, but will be here watching on from the second ODI. The evidence from the first game is that while England are strong, they’re in for a decent test.
This is the weather forecast for Monday 9th December and the outlook for Tuesday 10th. The day. A cool and breezy start to the morning with the temperature around a cool 6 centigrade. Wind speed reduces during the morning. The day will see plenty of winter sunshine and there is a low risk of a […]
As politicians campaign for votes, we will be looking closely at the places where the election could be won or lost.Crewe and Nantwich are two towns in one constituency in the county of Cheshire.They are divided by two political parties: Crewe traditionally votes Labour, while Nantwich traditionally votes for the Conservatives.The BBC’s political reporter for Cheshire Phil McCann is in the county, asking people their view on the upcoming election.Produced by Tom Bateman & Nick Raikes.