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Articles from March 19, 2003

200 JAGS IN TRAIN CARGO; Royal Opens Facility
MORE THAN 200 brand new Jaguars left the Midlands in the first shipment on a pounds 10 million railhead launched by Princess Anne at the car firm's Castle Bromwich plant. The luxury cargo bound for North America, Japan and Australia marked the official...
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5 YEARS FOR OAP KILLER; Manslaughter Not Murder - Jury
Byline: ROSS MCCARTHY A MIDLAND vehicle mechanic who killed his love rival's mother by suffocating her was today jailed for five years. Stephen Buckle had gone round to the home of Doris Millward in a bid to get her to persuade her son to leave...
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ALL SYSTEMS GO!; Blair Defeats the Rebels and Wins Backing for War to Start
Byline: SHAUN CONNOLLY Political Editor TONY Blair was poised to send British forces into battle as early as tonight after surviving the biggest ever threat to his leadership. Brushing aside the largest parliamentary rebellion in modern history,...
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ATHLETICS: Proud Daniel Did His Best
Byline: TOM McCOOK AT the conclusion of what was universally evaluated as the best ever World Indoor Athletics Championship, Daniel Caines was in reflective mood. Although by the narrowest of margins, he was unable to create athletic history...
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Bobby Dazzlers
Byline: Compiled by Bob Brown SOCCER SIX 1. Which team has former Villa star Shaun Teale led to the semi-final of the FA Trophy? 2. Who is manager of Reading? 3. Which Celtic player was sent-off in the Scottish League Cup final of 2003? 4....
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Call for Action on Schools
Byline: TONY COLLINS Education Correspondent PARENTS and councillors in south Birmingham are demanding urgent action to prevent young children being forced to travel several miles to new schools. Anger is mounting in the Acocks Green, Hall Green...
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CARS WARS... AT THE SUPERMARKET; Discount Deals at Your Weekly Shop
Byline: EDWARD STEPHENS Motoring Editor A SUPERMARKET chain is set to spark a 'car wars' battle by becoming the first in the UK to sell cars and vans at wholesale prices. Shoppers visiting the Midland branch of Makro will be able to part exchange...
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COACH STATION'S EMERGENCY STOP; Design Change Delays Scheme
Byline: BEN HURST Transport Correspondent BIRMINGHAM'S Digbeth coach station redevelopment has come to an emergency stop with officials deadlocked in endless talks. The pounds 7 million scheme which would have seen the 'horrific' building demolished...
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Countdown to War: 2,000 IN PROTEST; Students Stage City Demo
Byline: STEVE SWINGLER, NEIL ELKES and JIMMY DIN HUNDREDS of students marched on Birmingham's Council House today in protest against war with Iraq. Officials were forced to bolt the main doors and call in police as around 2000 youngsters gathered...
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Countdown to War: BLOOD ON THE STREETS; Pentagon Braced for Dangerous Hand-to-Hand Fighting in Cities
ONE of the Pentagon's biggest worries in the impending war is urban fighting, and Iraq's biggest cities, Baghdad and Basra, are likely to be the scene of difficult and bloody clashes. But the two cities share few similarities, and the American view...
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Countdown to War: HOUSE ON ALERT; Commons 'Terrorism Risk'
Byline: SHAUN CONNOLLY THE Commons went on terror red alert today as Britons were warned to stock up on bottled water and tinned food. Fears of a biological attack 'spectacular' by extremists prompted an emergency email to MPs from Commons chiefs....
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Countdown to War: INTO THE STORM; Sand Is Creating Havoc. but Preparations for War Go On
A SANDSTORM blew up across the deserts of Kuwait and Iraq today, hampering the preparations of US and British invaders. Maj Charles Heyman, editor of Jane's World Armies, said: 'I spoke to someone in Kuwait and they said it was a huge, nasty sandstorm....
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Countdown to War: ON THE MOVE; Troops Storm into Iraq Border Zone
Byline: SHAUN CONNOLLY Political Editor THE invasion of Iraq began today as US forces stormed into the demilitarised zone on the Kuwaiti border to launch the sweep north to Baghdad. American-led forces went it at 8am GMT and Tony Blair was poised...
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Cricket: Andy Shows Class at Last
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON in Port Elizabeth RICKY Ponting believes world cricket is finally seeing the true AndrewSymonds after years of frustration. Symonds, 27, struck a majestic 91 not out in yesterday's semi-final win over Sri Lanka to earn Australia...
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Final Whistle: A MODEL FAN; Blues' New Striker Is Unveiled after Charity Auction
Byline: ROGER CLARKE MARK Williams might not be a name to set the pulses racing among Birmingham City fans but he will be unveiled at St Andrew's as Blues' new striker on May 12. Come May 21 Mark, originally from Castle Bromwich, will don the No...
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Final Whistle: CHRIS SERVES UP A MINI WINNER!
Byline: PAUL BERRY WHEN Chris Lumb arrived at Edgbaston Priory he admits he was confronted with a 'sleeping giant'. Superb courts, even better facilities and a decent membership base - so why then was the club not producing a conveyor belt of...
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Final Whistle: GIRL LINE: Seventh Heaven for Villa
ASTON Villa Under-12 reserves made it seven wins in a row to move into the top three in the Central Warwickshire Division One. Coach Andy Mulligan rang the changes in his rapidly improving squad with the intention of negating third placed Redditch...
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Final Whistle: MACK MINE A DOUBLE!; FESTIVAL
A GOAL in each half was enough to see Mackadown Lane Sports & Social into the final of the Birmingham County FA Sunday Cup. Opponents Black Horse from the Redditch & South Warwickshire Premier had the disadvantage of an away draw for the...
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FINAL WHISTLE: Ricky Is the Ton-Up King; CORONATION
RICKY Martin hammered home Lyndon Lions' 100th goal of the season as the Coronation League Alliance Division One outfit virtually guaranteed promotion with a 7-0 defeat of Northfield Star. Secretary Craig Esprey said: 'Star did not deserve 7-0 but...
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Final Whistle: She's the Boss!
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN ALISON Leaver couldn't bear to see her son's team start the season without a manger - so with no other volunteer in sight it was left to her to pick up that particularly male poisoned chalice of touchline torment. Mum Alison,...
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Final Whistle: Solihull Step on the Gas; BIRMINGHAM AFA
THE Intermediate Cup semi-finals threw up a surprise with high-flying Division One and Premier hopefuls BBGR slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Division Three leaders Solihull Gas. Brady netted for the home side but goals from Simon Merrell and Ollie Latchford...
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Final Whistle: Williams Hat-Trick First; S BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY
A SUPERB hat-trick by Ben Williams clinched Linden Athletic's first win this year by defeating Warwickshire Aero 3-1. Linden took the lead in the 10th minute with a strong first-time shot from the edge of the area. It was short lived as A Sadler...
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Football: Appleton Op Must Work
Byline: CHRIS LEPKOWSKI MICHAEL Appleton will today go under the surgeon's knife in an attempt to salvage his playing career. The luckless Albion midfielder suffered further heartbreak last week when he suffered a relapse to the knee injury he...
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Football: BAGGIES STAR IN VITAL OP; Appleton Bids to Save Career after Relapse
Byline: CHRIS LEPKOWSKI MICHAEL Appleton will today go under the surgeon's knife in an attempt to salvage his playing career. The luckless Albion midfielder suffered further heartbreak last week when he suffered a relapse to the knee injury he...
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Football: Darren Sets Spurs Target
Byline: COLIN TATTUM DARREN Purse has targeted Blues' trip to Spurs on April 5 for his comeback - but he accepts there are no guarantees of an instant return. The centre-half is due to play for Blues reserves tonight against Manchester City at...
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Football: Fans Shouldn't Forget the Workers!
Byline: Tom Ross ONE of my pet hates in the game are the badge kissing players who try to fool the fans into believing they are one of them. It's better to be liked by the fans rather than be a good player who's not liked, that's for sure. ...
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Football: Hitz: We Won't Lose Our Heads
Byline: BILL HOWELL THOMAS Hitzlsperger says that Villa are concentrating on getting their own house in order and not the relegation dog-fight. Villa travel to Southampton on Saturday having lost 17 and won only three of 30 away Premiership games...
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FOOTBALL: Jones: No Time for Negative Thinking
DAVE Jones has vowed to continue his policy of positive thinking as Wolves' play-off nerves start to jangle. Last night's frustrating 0-0 draw with lowly Stoke, following Saturday's defeat at Portsmouth, has seen Wolves' top-six cushion reduced...
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Football: PURSE'S SPURS TARGET; Blues Defender Sets Sights on Comeback
Byline: COLIN TATTUM DARREN Purse has targeted Blues' trip to Spurs on April 5 for his comeback - but he accepts there are no guarantees of an instant return. The centre-half is due to play for Blues reserves tonight against Manchester City at...
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Football: Woeful Walsall Crushed; Preston 5 Walsall 0
Byline: BRIAN HALFORD WALSALL'S defensive frailties were ruthlessly exposed as they suffered their heaviest defeat under Colin Lee's leadership - and it could have been worse. The Saddlers remain eight points clear of the relegation zone with...
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Football: WOLVES TAMED BY BRICK WALL; WOLVES 0 STOKE 0
Byline: PAUL BERRY IF George Bush and Tony Blair think the United Nations are hard work, they want to try having a go at the Stoke defence. Especially with referee Jeff Winter on hand to deliver an untimely veto. Not content with twice inadvertently...
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Hi-Tech Targets Pirates; SOFTWARE FIRM PLANS TO KEEP ITS SECRETS
Byline: CHRIS MORLEY Industrial Correspondent HI-TECH pirates are facing a fightback from an innovative city software firm whose ideas they regularly try to steal, it was revealed today. Bosses at Small Heathbased Delcam is increasingly turning...
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HOOK LINE & SINKER: Matt to Be Show's Star
Byline: GARETH PURNELL MIDLANDER Matt Hayes stars in a new angling TV show with a difference in May, in which he tries to catch 35 species of fish in the UK inside a month. Entitled The Great Rod Race, Matt joins predator specialist Mick Brown...
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HOSPITALS ON ALERT; Terror Plans in Place
Byline: KRYSIA DIVER MIDLAND hospitals are on terror alert to cope with a massive influx of casualties as Britain and America prepare to go to war with Iraq. Emergency services are bracing themselves for potential scenarios including biological...
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I LOVED MY BOYS TO BITS; Dad Accused of Murder Denies Killing His Two Sons
Byline: LISA McCARTHY A FATHER accused of murdering his two sons went into the witness box today and denied killing them. Steven Wilson was composed as he categorically denied killing his sons Brett, aged eight, and Brad, aged seven at Hill Top...
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Important People Were Ignored; the Outspoken BBC WM Presenter Takes a Look at What Makes the West Midlands Tick
Byline: Ed Doolan NOW that our athletic visitors have gone home, may I have a private word to our Mail family. It is better to keep it to ourselves because we do not want to publicise how bad mannered and thoughtless our elected representatives...
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I Thought I Must Be a Ghost; What Murder Charge Dad Was Said to Have Told Police
Byline: LISA McCARTHY A FATHER accused of murdering his two sons told police he thought he was a ghost whenhewoke up in hospital after the killings. Steven Wilson, who is alleged to have stabbed himself in the chest with a screwdriver after murdering...
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I Thought That I Must Be a Ghost; What Murder Charge Dad Was Said to Have Told Police
A FATHER accused of murdering his two sons told police he thought he was a ghost when he woke up in hospital after the killings. Steven Wilson, who is alleged to have stabbed himself in the chest with a screwdriver after murdering his boys, told...
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Job Fears in Bt India Move
Byline: JON GRIFFIN SCORES of Midland jobs risk being sacrificed by BT for pounds 4 a day work in India, angry telecoms staff said today. Staff at doomed call centres in Chelmsley Wood, Kingstanding and Dudley say a total of 250 BT and agency...
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Just Six Cops for All of Sutton
Byline: NEIL ELKES JUST six uniformed police were on duty in the whole of Sutton Coldfield last night as a police chief admitted the local force was understaffed. Insp Tony Schuck, the town's police sector head, said that his officers faced a perpetual...
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JUST THE JOB Career Inequality Comes at a High Price
Byline: KATE GORDON West Midlands Employment & Low Pay Unit EVERY man has his price. So does every woman, in the 21st century. A glance at the Jobcentre adverts in Wednesday's Evening Mail soon reveals what those prices are! A qualified nursery...
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LDV Gear Up for Growth; VAN MAKER'S AIMING FOR NEW PARTNERS
Byline: CHRIS MORLEY Industrial Correspondent LDV is scouring the world for a powerful partner to help it reach the world's biggest markets - including the US - with its vital new model line-up, it was revealed today. Discussions were understood...
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MISSING TEEN'S BODY IS FOUND; Washed Up on Bank
Byline: ANDY SHIPLEY THE body of a missing Walsall teenager has been washed up on a river bank in a neighbouring county. Lawrence Donovan, from Coalpool, was found 20 miles from his home, in the River Trent at Walton-on Trent, at 4pm on Monday....
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Property: Proof Young and Old Can Live Side by Side; Rather One in the Eye for the Faction Which Says Moseley Is Past Its Fashionable Best
Byline: MAUREEN MESSENT opulence, horse-traffic and maids in their day-off best walking down to meet their followers in what's still called 'the village'. The front-facing houses here were weathered and slightly run-down. Too large for single...
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Racing: Sprinklers Put in Position at Aintree
Byline: BOB DOWNING AINTREE are ready to turn on the taps with just over two weeks to go before the start of the Martell Cognac Grand National meeting. The course have a watering policy and clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch revealed last night:...
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Racing: Sprinklers Put in Position at Aintree; LUDLOW TODAY
Byline: BOB DOWNING Racing Editor AINTREE are ready to turn on the taps with just over two weeks to go before the start of the Martell Cognac Grand National meeting. The course have a watering policy and clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch revealed...
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Shots Probe: Cleric Held
Byline: MARK COWAN Crime Correspondent A PROMINENT Muslim cleric has been arrested over a double street shooting which left one man fighting for his life with a gunshot wound to the head. The respected Midland preacher was detained by police...
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Shots Probe: Cleric Held
Byline: MARK COWAN A PROMINENT Muslim cleric has been arrested over a double street shooting which left one man fighting for his life with a gunshot wound to the head. Imam Riyadh ul Haq, from Birmingham's Central Mosque, was detained by police...
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TABLE TENNIS: England Call-Up for Star Kelly, 14
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN KELLY Sibley, a 14-yearold from Leamington, has been called up to the England senior table tennis side for the forthcoming European Championships. She will travel to Courmayeur, Italy, at the end of the month, after impressing...
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THE FINAL SCORE...; Beckham Is Blamed for Brum's New Baby Boom
Byline: JANE TYLER LIDL STORE LOCATION LINE: 0870 444 1234 calls charged at national rates. All offers subject to availability. Prices correct at time of going to print. Offers are not available in N. I. and R.O.I. Only available in Scotland and...
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The Outspoken BBC WM Presenter Takes a Look at What Makes the West Midlands Tick
Byline: Ed Doolan NOW that our athletic visitors have gone home, may I have a private word to our Mail family. It is better to keep it to ourselves because we do not want to publicise how bad mannered and thoughtless our elected representatives...
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WAR THROUGH A CHILD'S EYES; 'I Think of All the Children in Iraq and I Get Sad. Then I Think They'll Be Better off without Him.'
Byline: MAUREEN MESSENT WHAT does the threat of war mean to children from all religions as they mingle with friends in the playground? MAUREEN MESSENT visited a city school to discover what 10 and 11-year-olds think of conflict. A SMALL boy confided...
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