Birmingham Evening Mail (England)

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Articles from January 19, 2000

8 Girls Saved from These Monsters; Mail Newsfocus on the Most Dangerous Paedophiles in Britain
AN undercover operation by West Midlands police saved at least eight young girls from kidnap, rape and murder in a nationwide wave of terror plotted by two paedophiles, it has been revealed. Michael Williams, (47), formerly of Hartshorn Street,...
Ambulance Chiefs Angry over TV Show; Documentary 'Questioned Skills' BARRY JOHNS
AMBULANCE chiefs in the West Midlands have reacted angrily to a BBC programme which claimed lives were at risk because of poor training for paramedics. A Panorama documentary claimed shortcomings in the UK's ambulance Services and paramedic training...
Andrew's Perfect Birthday Present
Andrew Johnson and Peter Ndlovu are put through their paces on the comeback trail by assistant physio John Pryce. ON THE RUN: Blues physio John Pryce puts Johnson and Ndlovu through their paces By Colin Tattum ANDREW Johnson is planning to...
BANJO CHELTENHAM-BOUND; Banjo Has New Target
ELITE Racing Club favourite Mister Banjo will make an early return visit to Cheltenham for the Wragge & Co Finesse Hurdle a week on Saturday. He has been pencilled in for Grade Two contest after runaway wins on the same course and in the Finale...
Beware of Name Change
THE disciples of entrenched Protestantism often sound no more than hair-splitting dinosaurs, their complaints couched in litanies of outdated prejudice and sectarianism. But they have reason to grumble at Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson's...
Board's U-Turn over Keeper Bennett Signs Blues Deal; IAN BENNETT
BLUES today made concerted efforts to strengthen at both ends of the field by signing two players, one old and one new. The club announced that goalkeeper Ian Bennett has agreed a new three-and-a-half year contract. And striker Isaiah Rankin...
Bravest Bride in Britain; BRAVEST BRIDE IN BRITAIN Dying Mandy in Whirlwind Wedding Day
BRAVE Mandy Breen was the happiest bride in Britain today - even though she is dying from cancer in a Birmingham hospice. Mandy, aged 36, who has only weeks to live, married her long- term boyfriend 39-year-old Stephen Lowe at an emotional ceremony...
Brum Focus on Silent Killer Gas Roadshow Warning over Carbon Monoxide Perils
A SILENT lethal gas is killing more people in the West Midlands than anywhere else in England, consumer affairs minister Kim Howells has revealed. Mr Howells was present at a multi-media roadshow which visited Birmingham to raise awareness of the...
Budget Cuts Threat to Meals on Wheels
SOLIHULL Council will today have to decide whether to increase the price of meals on wheels and home helps in a bid to shave pounds 1.5 million from its social services budget. The savings have been forced after the authority was told by the Government...
City Traders in Forgotten Market Plea
TRADERS on Birmingham's famous Row and Flea markets fear they could become the "Forgotten Market". Now they are pleading with council chiefs for help promoting the site to shoppers who do not know if traders are still open. Around 100 stallholders...
Cloak of Secrecy; PUZZLING DELAY IN SEARCH TO FIND FOR THE LONG-AWAITED NEW ARCHBISHOP OF BIRMINGHAM
HWhat happens to the seven dwarfs when Snow White wins her prince and Brum's panto closes? Maureen Messent investigates. USE jobs again. FRIDAY HA brand new production of the classic musical Mack & Mabel, based on famous silent movie director...
Cobbler Booted Home by Scu Jnr; YESTERDAY'S RACING
TOM SCUDAMORE showed some of his father Peter's strength in a finish when landing a narrow victory on Tom Cobbler in the Folkestone Amateur Riders' Novices' Hurdle at the Kent track. The 17-year-old gave Nigel Twiston-Davies' gelding a forceful...
Cook to Perfection
THE Microwise Egg Boiler is a breakthrough in egg cooking technology. It is an ingenious low cost way of boiling eggs in their shells in the microwave. The boiler incorporates an innovative egg retaining cage that keeps the eggs below the water...
Deadly Derek Fires Moors
HOT-SHOT Derek Hall netted twice to seal a 2-1 win at Paget Rangers last night and shoot Moor Green four points clear at the top of the Dr Martens Western. But after last Saturday's classy FA Trophy victory at VS Rugby, this was a display based...
Decision on Repairs after 100 Graves Attacked
THE cost of repairing graves and memorials damaged in a vicious vandal attack on Bromsgrove Cemetery could top pounds 44,000, it was revealed today. Bromsgrove District Council is already spending hundreds of pounds paying for the hire of security...
Dole Queue at 20-Year Low
BRITAIN'S dole queue shrank to a 20-year low over Christmas as new figures today showed a record number of people now had a job. A total of 21,900 fewer people claimed unemployment benefits in December, bringing the national total down to 1,164,400...
Estate Is So Compact
VOLVO has launched its long awaited all new estate car - the V70 - with a combination of features designed to meet the increasing demands of the 21st Century driver. The Swedish company has created an estate car that is more compact on the outside...
HENMAN ON THE MARCH IN MELBOURNE; TENNIS: Britain's Number One Moves to the Third Round of the Australian Open Rainer's Injury Is a Tonic for Tim
TIM Henman is through to the last 32 of the Australian Open in Melbourne. A stomach muscle injury forced second-round opponent Rainer Schuttler to quit after less than an hour's play today. First troubled earlier this month, the 23-year-old German...
It Was the Best Spot Anywhere
Hundreds upon hundreds of people passed you and you were at the centre of everything in the city - yet to everyone who passed by, you were another face, another shopper, another person waiting to meet someone. Now and then there was a short respite...
Kate Looks a Cracker
KISS Me Kate looks a smacker to land the odds at Ludlow tomorrow. Simon Sherwood gave her a hot race for her debut over hurdles at Kempton last week when she took on the likes of Delayed and Donatus. It was a muddling type of race but Kiss Me...
Larus Set for Albion Return
LARUS Sigurdsson looks certain to rejoin Albion's fight against relegation next week - but Sean Flynn will have to wait a little longer before making his comeback. The 31-year-old midfielder was expected to play in tonight's reserve game against...
Let's Have a New Clock
Percy Shurmer was a man who got things done. When he wanted to force uncaring landlords to knock down overflowing miskins and put in proper shelters for the rubbish of back-to-backs what did he do? He and his pals knocked down the miskins so that...
Lewis V Tyson Is `Inevitable' BOXING: Top Television Boss Predicts an Amazing Match Up
LENNOX Lewis against Mike Tyson is an inevitability, according to one of the biggest names in American boxing. Seth Abraham, head of the influential Home Box Office network, said he discussed the possibility of a Lewis and Tyson bout with Tyson's...
Man Who Exposed Sordid Lives of Perverts
NEARLY a year posed as a child abuser was spent by the undercover police officer who befriended two paedophiles and saved the lives of innocent girls. Known only as 'Dave', the detective, who was assigned to the West Midlands Police paedophile and...
Midland Jobs Boom in Internet Shopping Tesco Expansion Plan
MORE than 1,000 jobs are expected to be created in the Midlands by Tesco's expansion of its internet shopping service, the company announced today. The region is one of the major recruitment spots in the country because its stores currently have...
Midlands Hard Hit by Closures
ROVER'S hard times and the troubles of Marks & Spencer has hit the Midlands sending the numbers of firms in the region going to the wall soaring, it was revealed today. New figures showed that the number of companies going bust rose to 170 last...
Millennium Flop for Club Giant
MILLENNIUM turned into a flop for nightspot operator Northern Leisure, owner of Birmingham's Liberty's and a string of clubs across the Midlands, it revealed today. Free events in big towns and cities like Birmingham kept down the number of revellers...
Molly Blake Column
THE red-wigged, rubicund and massive Lady Gertrude looked at her new-born son and sniffed at Dr Prunesquallor in the beautiful and inpenetrable GORMENGHAST (BBC2). "He's revolting," she spat, cuddling a couple of white Persian cats. "Bring him back...
Money the Key to Survival
THESE are desperate days for us West Brom fans. The team is heading for a relegation scrap while deadly rivals Wolves seem to be in line for the promotion play-offs. Why? It's not too difficult to find the answer. Wolves were struggling till they...
NHS Facing Massive Negligence Claims Cases Could Cost Pounds 2.8bn
MEDICAL negligence claims facing the NHS could drain the cash-starved service of up to pounds 2.8 billion, a report by a Commons committee warned today. As the service struggled to cope with a winter beds crisis caused by flu, the Public Accounts...
Night All the Planets Sparkled; Symphony Hall, Birmingham
THE PLANETS sparkled in an ear-opening performance of Holst's symphonic suite last night. The suite is among the best known - and best loved - works in the classical repertoire so there is a danger that performances will seem unremarkable. Not...
Old Couple with Fires on Died of Cold Man, 96, and Wife, 85, Found Collapsed
AN 85-YEAR-OLD woman found collapsed with her husband in their Birmingham home died from hypothermia despite having all the fires turned on, an inquest heard today. Constance Graham and her 96-year-old husband William later died at Selly Oak Hospital...
OLE JOSE; Star Spanish Tenor to Answer Gran's Plea for Charity Concert
OPERA star Jose Carreras is to perform in Edinburgh after a personal request from a widowed grandmother. Betsy Stirling, aged 57, came up with the idea to write to the Spanish tenor on the night her husband Hamish died of leukaemia. Carreras...
Operation Fortress; Landlord's Security Blitz after Wave of Burglaries
AN ERDINGTON landlord says he is having to turn his properties into fortresses in a bid to stop an epidemic of burglaries. In the past month, seven of Alan Tranter's homes have been hit by burglars, and he says the extra security measures he is...
Police Copter Hope Mission Airlift Fails to Save Burns Man
THE new West Midlands Police helicopter was involved in a doomed race against time to save a man's life - two weeks before it officially becomes operational. A desperate plea went out to force bosses after a 79-year-old man was rescued from a fire...
Police Helper Lends an Ear to Beat Crime Imprints Could Identify Burglars
EAR imprints left by burglars on window panes and patio doors across the Midlands could provide vital evidence to track them down. Crimefighter Paul Newsham, a support worker with Staffordshire Police, has trained with officers from across Europe...
Sinton's Double Cup of Despair in Drama Andy Is a Second Time Loser in Penalty Drama; Andy Sinton
ANDY Sinton finished as a second time loser as Wolves dramatically crashed out of the FA Cup to Sheffield Wednesday in a repeat of the penalty shoot-out of five years ago. The former England winger was on the losing side when Wednesday bowed out...
Stewart: Wish You Were Here
ALEC Stewart jets home from South Africa tonight and England captain Nasser Hussain will be excused for thinking: Wish you were here. Stewart's outstanding batting masterminded England's dramatic two-wicket victory on a unique final day at Centurion...
Stumped by a Question of Cricket.; but I Didn't Lose Pounds 1m - I Won Pounds 500,000 Says TV Quiz Man
RETIRED naval officer Peter Lee was today planning to visit his grandchildren in America after winning pounds 500,000 - the biggest prize to date on TV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The delighted 65-year-old missed out on the pounds 1 million...
Swimming: Rachel in Medal Swim
The Wigan Wasps teenage star touched home in a time of four minutes 39.26 seconds to lower the previous best set by Lucy Findlay four years ago by over a second and a half. America's Kristine Quance took gold with Joanne Malar of Canada in silver...
Teacher on Child Sex Charges
A FORMER headteacher at a prep school was appearing in court today charged with indecently assaulting pupils more than 20 years ago. Robin Peverett (65), of Kingsdale Close, Battle, East Sussex, was appearing before Maidstone Crown Court. He...
Timid Wolves Pay the Penalty; FOOTBALL: Molineux Men Fail to Take Advantage of 'Reprieve' as Sheffield Gain Revenge in Cup Shoot-Out Wolves 0 Sheff Wednesday 0 (Wednesday Won 4-3 on Pens)
FOR just a moment, when Richard Cresswell nervously prodded his penalty against Wolves goalkeeper Michael Oakes, a repeat of the incredible shoot-out of five years ago was a possibility. The score then was 3-2 to Wednesday and, after Steve Corica...
Vialli Demands a Class Chelsea Act
CHELSEA boss Gianluca Vialli has challenged his side to show their class advantage in tonight's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest and deny his close friend David Platt a turning-point in a beleagured season. Platt's Forest side have lost 11 of...
Villa in Line for Pounds 10m Kit Deal
VILLA are on the verge of agreeing a massive new kit deal which will be worth in excess of pounds 10 million over the next five years. Five of the world's biggest leisure wear manufacturers are battling it out for the honour of securing the Aston...
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: The Questions and Answers
(pounds 100) What was the nickname of the American showman William Frederick Cody? a) Bison Bob; b) Bulldog Bert; c) Buffalo Bill; d) Bumblebee Brian. Answer: Buffalo Bill. (pounds 200) If you try to emulate your neighbours socially, you're...
W Mids Facing Crunch Clash; on the Oche
WEST MIDLANDS face a `must win' battle with Worcestershire this weekend in a game vital to both sides' survival hopes. West Midlands make the short journey to the DD Sports & Social Club in Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove for their fifth fixture...
Your Money
I want to cash in my disappointing PEP Q I HAVE had a PEP for four years which has not done very well. I am thinking about cashing it in and reinvesting it into a Corporate Bond ISA which I understand don't have the same risks attached. Will there...