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2021-09-28

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95p TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 Black Country trusted news since 1870 ➤ PAGE 17 Hgfsgdhdh hdgdggdgd HAlf PricE travel with Tanks for the memories ➤ PAGES 12-13 BINGO P!! BONANZA £25k tO Be wON! For today’s numbers, see page 16 winter sports centre to remain closed the face of boy in snowdome tragedy Daniel Newbould reports: Page 5

2 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live News INsIDe Police ‘sorry’ for errors Nostalgia ...............12-13 Bingo............................ 16 Letters ......................... 21 Puzzles & Stars ....22-23 TV ............................24-25 Sport ............................ 31 CoNtACts Newsdesk: 0121 234 5528 Email: newsdesk@birminghamlive.co.uk Editor-in-Chief: Graeme Brown 0121 234 5316 Pictures: 0121 234 5251 Sport: 0121 234 5748 Online: www.birminghamlive.co.uk Photosales: reachphotosales.co.uk/Reach Advertising: 0121 234 5785 Subscriptions & Home Delivery 0333 2028000 Birmingham Mail, Embassy House, 60 Church St, Birmingham B3 2DJ. Price: 90p CLARIfICAtIoNs & CoRReCtIoNs If we have published anything factually inaccurate, contact Editor Graeme Brown on 0121 234 5316, email graeme.brown@ reachplc.com or at Birmingham Mail, Embassy House, 60 Church Street, Birmingham B3 2DJ and, once verified, we will correct it as soon as possible. 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Clearly, fordshire Police officers or staff, it under the carpet and not taking identified any misconduct by Staf- RICHARD GUttRIDGe News Reporter tion of assault was made which was I do not want another death reported has highlighted a number of lessons POLICE have admitted they made mistakes in the case of a woman who took her own life following a dispute with neighbours. Amanda Dunn, from Penkridge, made calls to police about problems she was having on her street before not investigated at the time but is now being examined by officers. Mrs Dunn lived with her husband on the estate near the A449 for more than 30 years. She was said to have had a to me of a similar nature.” Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Justin Bibby said: “Firstly, I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of Mrs Dunn. Before her death, whereby Staffordshire Police could have performed better. “This includes the important role of the police to make and record referrals to partner agencies, including mental health services. In addition, Staffordshire Police did not she died. history of mental Mrs Dunn contacted Staffordshire of a criminal offence which was respond effectively to an allegation Following her death a coroner illness. There is a real concern criticised Staffordshire Police, South Staffordshire that police are seeking Police on two alleged to have taken place before coroner Mr to brush such incidents occasions over a Mrs Dunn’s death.” accusing them of brushing her concerns “under the carpet”. Haigh said in a two-year period “We have since launched a criminal investigation into any potential Now force bosses have accepted report to officers: under the carpet and not to report antisocial behaviour criminal offences committed against they “could have performed better”. “Police were contacted several times seriously. by her neighbour. Amanda and her family. I would like taking them sufficiently Coroner Andrew Haigh said a “major reason for her fatal actions but took no action. She also spoke directly to the local police for Staffordshire Police’s response to apologise to Mrs Dunn’s family Andrew Haigh was an ongoing problem with her The evidence I heard neighbours”. Mrs Dunn, 56, called police twice to report problems with neighbours in the two years before her death in March. Officers attended the address in Woodtherne Close and clearly seemed to amount to harassment.” He continued: “I realise I have only heard one side of the story but there is a real concern that police are seeking to brush such incidents team on another occasion, describing difficult relations with her neighbours. There were a further three occasions where Mrs Dunn’s name was mentioned in reports. “Although this review has not and I would like to reassure them and the wider community that we will do all we can to prevent it happening again.” Neighbours described Mrs Dunn as having a “heart of gold”. Jack and Sasha ‘the new Posh and Becks’ EX-VillA star Jack Grealish and girlfriend Sasha Attwood have been dubbed the new Posh and Becks. it comes after Solihull star Sasha signed a big-money Boohoo deal – making her a rival to Molly Mae Hague, from love island, who is Pretty little Thing’s big name. Sasha and Manchester City star Jack met at school – and she is widely credited with “keeping him grounded”. A source said: “Jack and Sasha are being jokingly called the new Posh and Becks by some of his mates because of their deals. “They are really taking off. He is the Today’s toDAY’s Weather WeAtHeR Today’s Weather Stoke-on-Trent Derby Birmingham Coventry Sun & Moon 7:03 a.m. Nottingham Burton-on-Trent Leicester Northampton man of the moment in football but he’s got plenty of female fans, too, and with Sasha, those around them think they could become a new power couple. “She normally lives out of the spotlight but this Boohoo deal will bring her to the fore. “it feels like a real coup for the company and it’s a smooth move for Jack and Sasha as a couple. “He’s getting a bit of ribbing but they’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.” They both attended St Peter’s Roman Catholic Secondary School in Solihull as teens. 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www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 3 News Anger over Games chief’s comments on Pride police jANe HAyNes News Reporter A FURIOUS row has erupted after a controversial member of the Birmingham 2022 Board criticised senior police being in attendance at Pride in the city this weekend. There are now calls for Nick Timothy’s role at the Games to be reconsidered after the former high-level Tory Government aide chose to criticise West Midlands Police for being part of the Pride parade, describing the event as a ‘politically correct cause’. Mr Timothy took to Twitter on the opening day of Pride to slate the force’s chief constable Sir David Thompson and other officers for being there – even though the top officer was on a day off. He wrote: “In Birmingham, I’m proud to report that the complete eradication of crime means the police now play a purely ceremonial role for politically-correct causes.” His comment came as he retweeted a short video showing Mr Thompson and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster in attendance at the parade wishing people a ‘happy Pride’. In response, the chief constable wrote: “Nick, I am disappointed at this response. I am proud to walk with my West Midlands Police LGBT Network colleagues in Birmingham- Pride on our day off work. This is the diverse city we love and will promote in Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.” An official Birmingham Police Twitter feed briefly posted its own sarcastic response, asking Mr Timothy: “Are you OK, hun?” – before it was removed at the behest of Mr Thompson, who said it was inappropriate. Another commentator tweeted: “Given the tone of this comment, should this person still be connected with the organisation of the 2022 Games? He clearly has problems with inclusivity which would render him unfit to hold any post.” Rob Kewley tweeted: “After this outburst, is it appropriate for this man to continue to sit on the supposedly ‘progressive’ board of this city’s Commonwealth Games?” Tory MP Michael Fabricant, a friend of the West Midlands’ openly gay mayor Andy Street, also at the Pride event, tweeted: “Nick, I am surprised at you. Given the recent homophobic attacks in Birmingham, the action of West A COUPLE celebrated Birmingham Pride 2021 in style by gettimng engaged in front of thousands on stage. Ellie Neill got down on one knee on the Cabaret Stage and asked Lisa Mead to marry her in a surprise proposal. The pair, from Wolverhampton, had been to buy rings in the city centre earlier in the day and had planned to get engaged in the future, but Ellie had other plans. Ellie, a 52-year-old delivery driver, said she would marry Lisa, a 49-year-old IT systems tester at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, at around the same time next year. The 2021 Birmingham Pride festival, and (right) Nick Timothy Lack of diversity on Commonwealth 2022 board LAST year the Birmingham Mail highlighted a lack of ethnic diversity in the top tier of Birmingham 2022, where 21 out of 22 Board members and executives were white – despite the Games being a celebration of the Commonwealth and Birmingham, where a majority of residents are of black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. A powerful coalition of black, Asian and white voices from across the city and country joined Lisa said: “It’s all a bit of a blur. We found ourselves with some friends outside the Cabaret Tent and Ellie talks to a drag queen and the next thing she drags me on Midlands Police here are good to see. Showing support and crime prevention/detection are, of course, not mutually exclusive.” Mr Timothy responded: “I’m obviously not against Pride, Michael. My comment was about police resources and that alone.” But it is understood the comment has provoked fury and embarrassment inside Birmingham 2022, which prides itself on its inclusivity and diversity. More than 70 Birmingham 2022 staff were among those celebrating LGBT rights and it hosted a community roadshow throughout the weekend. One employee said: “We are so frustrated by this. It undermines so much we are trying to achieve.” A video from the event was posted on the A PROUD moment as couple get engaged at festival Ellie Neill and Lisa Mead, who got engaged at Birmingham Pride forces to campaign for change, with embarrassed Birmingham 2022 leaders admitting the lack of diversity in the upper echelons of the organisation was troubling and more work was needed. There were specific calls too, for Mr Timothy to step down, with Windrush activists in particular furious to see a man linked to creating the ‘hostile environment’ of the early 2010s involved in the Games. Activists said Mr Timothy, former aide to Theresa May when she led the Home Office, was not the right man to be part of the Games and his continued presence “will taint any attempts to build trust with ethnic communities in the city.” However, Mr Timothy’s ally Oliver Dowden, then minister for Media, Culture and Sport, swooped to his defence, along with the founder of Operation Black Vote, Lord Simon Woolley, who both described him as the stage and she proposes to me. Ellie said: “You go through all these things you’re going to say in your head then I just said ‘I love you, will you marry me?’ as that’s what it’s about. I was thinking about where we could do it and I thought where better than Pride which celebrates all types of love. “Everyone was cheering, it was amazing, absolutely amazing, we couldn’t have asked for a better day.” someone who “has a track record of working to improve racial justice in Britain”. In the intervening months the Games leadership has taken huge strides forward to ensure its Board and workforce is much more reflective, with five out of 14 members of the board now of ethnic diverse backgrounds. Birmingham-born Mr Timothy was hand picked by the Government to join the Games board as a non executive director. official Birmingham 2022 social media account with the message: “We’re proud of our city and proud to be part of Birmingham Pride Thank you to our entire Birmingham 2022 team and to everyone who celebrated with us.” Mr Timothy was unavailable for comment when the Mail enquired.

4 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live News No plans YET for Army to drive petrol tankers STAFF REPORTER The Government has “no plans at the moment” to use the Army to drive petrol tankers amid continuing shortages at filling stations, the Environment Secretary has said. George Eustice said there was not a shortage of fuel and called on motorists to stop panic buying petrol and return to their normal pattern of purchasing. His comments came amid reports Boris Johnson was considering sending in troops to deliver fuel to petrol stations following days of long queues at the pumps. Many petrol stations across the West Midlands have now run out of fuel. Mr Eustice said: “We are bringing Ministry of Defence (MoD) trainers in to accelerate some of the HGV training to clear a backlog of people who want to carry out those tests, and there’s definitely a role there for the MoD. “In terms of other things we’ve no plans at the moment to bring in the Army to actually do the driving, but we always have a Civil Contingencies section within the Army on standby – but we’re not jumping to that necessarily at the moment.” Industry leaders have warned drafting in the Army will not on its own end the shortages on the forecourts. We always have a Civil Contingencies section within the Army on standby – but we’re not jumping to that necessarily at the moment. George Eustice The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) chairman Brian Madderson confirmed some training had been taking place “in the background” for military personnel. But he warned it was not an “absolute panacea” and that there was no “single lever” the Government and the industry could pull to resolve the crisis. With long queues at filling stations continuing over the weekend, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced on Sunday he was temporarily suspending competition laws to allow the industry to share information so it can target areas where fuel supply is running low. The move came after Mr Johnson said the Government was creating 5,000 threemonth visas for foreign lorry drivers in an attempt to ease Many Midland petrol stations have run dry after needless panic-buying the pressure on hauliers, which has been blamed over the problems. A statement by Shell, ExxonMobile and other industry bodies again insisted there was no “national shortage of fuel”. They said: “As many cars are now holding more fuel than usual, we expect that demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, easing pressures on fuel station forecourts. We would encourage everyone to buy fuel as they usually would. “We remain enormously grateful to all forecourt staff and HGV drivers for working tirelessly to maintain supplies during this time.” Mr Eustice blamed motorists for filling up when they did not need to, adding: “There isn’t a shortage.” Crisis ‘could take buses off the road’ THE boss of a bus company fears his vehicles could be taken off the road and passengers stranded if the fuel crisis continues. LandFlight Travel Services runs eight routes and a number of coaches and minibus services in and around the Solihull area. Operations manager Lee Russell said some petrol stations have already ran out of fuel, while his drivers have been slapped with a Lee Russell £50 limit on diesel each time they fill up. He warned that if the situation did not improve soon, his buses could run out of fuel, leaving passengers stranded. LandFlight runs the A3, A3W, A4, A5, A7, A8, A10 and A12 services. They firm also has contracts with Jaguar Land Rover and Lufthansa. He said around 1,200 passengers use the buses each day. “We are stressed, we ask people to think about what they are doing. There’s no fuel shortage, please think of the community.” National Express said its services were unaffected by the situation as it has its own fuel supply system.

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 5 News Snowdome tragedy: police name boy, 12 ski centre to remain shut as probe continues into death DANIeL NewBouLD News Reporter A GARDENER exhibiting at a Midland show has grown the world’s largest-ever marrow, smashing the previous record by nearly 50lbs. Vince Sjodin, 49, unveiled his whopping creation at the UK National Giant Vegetables Championship. Vince managed to cart his 255lbs masterpiece all the way from Wales to the Malvern Autumn Show. It was measured by an adjudicator for Guinness World Records. The previous record was set by Dutch farmer Brad Wursten in September 2009, who registered a marrow weighing 206.5 pounds. On the same day Kevin Fortey, 43, also broke the record for the UK’s largest cantaloupe melon, weighing in at 32lbs. The pair said they are planning to grow even larger vegetables in the future. Barriers at Tamworth’s Snowdome A YOUNG boy who died at Tamworth’s SnowDome has been named as Louis Watkiss. Louis, 12, from Sutton Coldfield, died at the indoor ski centre in Tamworth on Friday. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Following Friday’s tragic incident at the SnowDome in Tamworth, we can now confirm that the 12-year-old boy who lost his life has been named as Louis Watkiss. “Police were called at 6.40pm to reports that a child had been seriously injured. “Officers attended the location, along with ambulance crews. Sadly, Louis died of his injuries shortly afterwards. “Louis’s family are being supported by specially-trained officers. We would ask everyone to respect the family’s right to grieve in private during this extremely difficult time. “Staffordshire Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances with support from the Health and Safety Executive.” The SnowDome is to remain temporarily closed following the tragic death. It said in a statement: “Directors and staff are deeply shocked by what happened, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this terrible time. “An investigation is currently being carried out by the authorities, and we are giving it our full co-operation. “We are unable to reopen until their work has been completed, but hope to be able to update you on the position in the very near future. “If you have a booking affected by the closure, we will be in touch with you shortly.” Earlier, a Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A man is also Record breaking marrow weighs 255lbs being treated for injuries. “We would kindly urge people not to speculate about the incident or share any images/footage there may be. “The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said staff used advanced life support to try to save the boy but he was confirmed dead at the scene. Cllr Alan White, leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “I was shocked to hear the tragic news. “We must wait for the circumstances to be established but I offer my deepest sympathies at this terrible time to the family and friends of the deceased and to everyone affected by this tragedy.” Louis Watkiss, from Sutton Coldfield. Police release rape quiz teen A TEENAGER from Warwickshire who was arrested on suspicion of rape after a girl reported she was attacked in the sea has been released without charge. The 17-year-old was held after a 15-year-old girl told police she was sexually assaulted at Bournemouth beach in the summer. The suspect was arrested on Friday morning, but Dorset Police said he was later released. The offender had allegedly told the girl that he was 17-years-old and was travelling to Birmingham. Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of MCIT, said: “We are continuing to support the victim in this case and have kept her fully updated.” Vince Sjodin with his giant marrow and (left) Kevin Fortey with Glen Day from Guinness World Records InYourArea is a personalised newsfeed which brings together all the latest news for your local area from news sites, blogs and social networks. You can use the website or the app on your phone to get the latest news and information for your chosen areas, including crime updates, house prices and more. It is the only service that gives you a 360 view of up to the minute updates on where you live and shows you the most relevant local services provided by businesses in your area.

6 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live News Teen charged over Villa star abuse A TEENAGER has been charged with racially abusing Aston Villa footballer Tyreik Wright (pictured) on social media. West Midlands Police said the 17-year-old boy is accused of sending an offensive message to the Republic of Ireland under-21 international on Instagram, while the player was on loan at Walsall in February. Wright, 20, is currently on loan at Salford City. The youth has been charged under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Thursday October 7. The teenager, from the North East, cannot be identified due to his age. West Midlands Police said its inquiries had been led by Police Constable Stuart Ward, who is the UK’s first dedicated hate crime officer within a football unit. Victim Joseph Sharpe OAP beaten by duo in his own house BEN PERRIN News Reporter A BIRMINGHAM pensioner was pulled from his own bed and beaten by two masked men in a terrifying attack – for an Audi car which did not belong to him. Joseph “Joe” Sharpe, 77, suffered multiple injuries when he was punched and kicked in his home in Moor Green Lane, Moseley, Raiders wanted the keys to a vehicle parked on the grandfather-of-four’s driveway. But the Audi S4 belonged to his friend who had taken the keys with him on a visit to London. Mr Sharpe, who has lived at the home for four decades, was asked by one masked man: “Where are the Audi keys, bro?” He was left in “agony” by the beating they gave him because they did not believe the car was not his. The father-of-two suffered fractures of his spine, pelvis, both hips and ribs, as well as a bleed on the brain - the result of being kicked in his face - and a dislocated arm. His son, Tony, aged 56, said: “The worrying part about this is that they’ve attacked someone that is vulnerable. “To use that amount of force on someone of that age is just beyond belief. “He’s got 12 injuries. Dad has been in absolute agony. They need to be caught. They could have killed dad, really. “They were trying to steal a car which wasn’t his. It’s just a really unfortunate set of circumstances. It was a friend’s car and he had gone to London and parked on his drive. “Dad didn’t have the keys. There’s just no way you’d expect this to happen from just parking a car on a drive.” The victim, who had been nursing his partner who had Alzheimer’s until her death last year, is in hospital for surgery to put his arm back in its socket. The thugs eventually left emptyhanded. But Tony, from Evesham, said it will take his father a long time to get over the physical and mental pain of the attack. He said: “He doesn’t know if they punched or kicked him. It’s the physical pain and then it’s how he feels about that house and how safe he feels. Without the car being on the drive this would never have happened.” The raiders are believed to have been wearing gloves and possibly masks. West Midlands Police are investigating. Anyone with information can contact the force via Live Chat on the website or by calling 101. Alternatively quote crime reference number 20/1757136/21.

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 7 News Uni parent smashes hall of residence A PARENT dropping off a student for their first day at university accidentally crashed into the halls of residence. Warwickshire Police said the incident happened at the University of Warwick on Saturday. Officers posted an image of the BMW estate, after it had shattered a window and damaged brickwork at a student housing block. Police with the force’s Operations Patrol Unit, or OPU, said: “Probably one of the more embarrassing ways to drop your child off for their first day of university - by literally driving in to their halls of residence. “There were no injuries as a result of the collision.” Cancer survivor Adrian Webb with wife Michele and daughter Amelia. Below, Adrian with son Josh Inspirational dad gears up for big Race JORDAN REYNOLDS News Reporter A MAN whose cancer battle encourages thousands when it was broadcast at the start of Race for Life events across the region, pulled on his trainers to take part in an event himself. Adrian Webb was given 12 months to live eight years ago after skin cancer spread to his lungs, liver, kidneys, spleen, spine and bowels. But thanks to trial drug treatment, he was well enough to take part in the event for the first time with his son and daughter. Josh and Amelia Webb were 17 and 19 when Adrian was first diagnosed with melanoma in 2012. The pair joined their mum and dad at the Himley Hall Race for Life in Dudley on Sunday. Adrian’s voice was played out in a broadcast to the participants, and will continue to be played at scores of events across the Midlands in September and October. “When I was told the cancer had spread I didn’t know how to explain to my wife and children that I’d never see my daughter walk down the aisle,” said Adrian, who is due to be best man at his son Josh’s wedding next July. “I turned to my consultant and said ‘you’re not going to leave me to die are you? Surely there’s some hope somewhere. He offered me a trial drug programme and I jumped at the chance.” Adrian, who has just moved to Wombourne from Netherton, was diagnosed after his wife Michele saw that a mole in the centre of his back had changed colour. He was given surgery and radiotherapy but it was too late. By 2013 the cancer had spread all around his body. “I thought that was it,” said Adrian, a manager at Headstock Distribution in Halesowen. “I cried like a baby but, in the end, I thought - this is my life, I’m going to live it.” Within weeks, Adrian started the first of three trials, which involved a cancer growth blocker and two new immunotherapy treatments, designed to trick his immune system into fighting the cancer. Adrian was told the best outcome he could hope for was that the treatments would buy him precious time with his family. “I would have done anything to buy myself that extra time,” said Adrian. “But incredibly, four years after I was told my cancer couldn’t be cured, I found myself cancer-free.” Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, which has been in partnership with Tesco for 20 years, is a series of 3K, 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research. 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8 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live News Sad farewell to speedway club on its last laps Nigel Pearson News Reporter BIRMINGHAM Brummies are gearing up for an emotional night at Perry Barr in what could be the last-ever meeting at the venue tomorrow. The Brummies face Edinburgh in the Knockout Cup in a 7.30pm fixture, 18 points down from the first leg. And while boss Laurence Rogers and his riders refuse to give up on the tie and have vowed to give it their all, club owners David and Peter Mason are preparing to say farewell to the club. With no firm offers on the table to take over the proud club for the 2022 season, it could be the end of the road for the sport in Birmingham after a long and proud history. They made a stunning comeback in 2007 after a long fight for the sport to return to the city following the loss of the former stadium at the current One Stop site and the collapse of racing at Bordesley Green in the mid- 1980s. David Mason, a former rider, said: “It’s been so tough for us this year and we are deeply saddened that the situation has come to this where it looks like the chequered flag will fall for the last time on racing in Birmingham. “We have given our all and at times my father has been badly affected with his health because of the stress we have been under this season with everything that has been thrown at us. “I would urge everyone to come along and there will be an opportunity to walk the track after the final race to say farewell. “Naturally this will be delayed if the team can pull off the comeback of all comebacks and I really hope they can, but there’s also a sense of reality in our preparation. “With no firm offer on the table to take on the club, this is a very sad situation.” A Birmingham Brummies rider at Perry Barr Crumpled car in smash Garden wall crash drama A MAN is in hospital after a car ploughed into a wall. It happened in Dudley Street, Sedgley, at 7.15pm on Sunday. A West Midlands Fire Service spokeswoman said: “The incident involved one car in a headon collision with a garden wall. “No persons were trapped and a man was treated by West Midlands Ambulance Service before being taken to hospital for further assessment. Crews made the vehicle safe.” The wrecked garden wall

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 9 Man jailed for supplying slave labour to firm charlotte paxton News Reporter A CORRUPT recruitment agent who lined his own pockets by supplying slave labour to a major Sutton Coldfield parcels firm has been jailed for seven years. David Handy pocketed a small fortune while his exploited workforce – trafficked to the UK with false promises of wealth and a good lifestyle - lived in squalor and ended up in some cases with just £20 a week. Handy was part of one of the largest human trafficking rings uncovered in the UK. He lured hundreds of people from Poland to Birmingham and the West Midlands with promises of well-paid jobs and a better life. When they got here, they were put up in poor, unsanitary accommodation and beaten or threatened if they refused to work or complained. Victims were aged from 17 to a man in his 60s. At some properties there were no working toilets, heating, furniture or hot water and some victims told how they were forced to wash in canals. Handy, 54, of Stoke-on-Trent, was found guilty of conspiracy to force people into forced labour, conspiracy to traffic people for the purpose of exploitation and money laundering. He was jailed for seven years at Birmingham Crown Court. Handy set up recruitment firm ASAP 24/7 Ltd in May 2015 and supplied Sutton Coldfield logistics firm XDP – who he used to work for – with dozens of shop floor workers sent to him by their Polish gang masters. He was able to maximise profits by skimming off some of his victims’ earnings before paying wages directly into their exploiters’ bank accounts. He also received backhanders from the trafficking gang for agreeing to find work placements for victims who were under their control. One man was paid just £10 for Corrupt David Handy and (below) the squalid conditions his workers lived in working up to 13 hours a day, while the gang kept the rest of their hard-earned wages. It is believed Handy made over £500,000 which he used to pay off his mortgage and other debts, and was able to amass savings of around £400,000. Handy made so much money from the exploitation of workers that he brought in an accomplice, Shane Lloyd, to try and prevent his illicit gains from being discovered. Nearly £140,000 was paid into Lloyd’s bank account, which he then cashed and passed back to Handy. Lloyd, 47, of Newcastle-under- Lyme, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of money laundering and was given a 20 month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work. The pair’s involvement in the ring was unearthed by police who carried out the biggest slavery and trafficking investigation ever in the UK. WEST Midlands Police Det Chief Insp Nick Dale, who led the investigation, said: “Handy was an integral part of the crime gang, finding work for the victims and maximising their exploitation. “He made far more money than any legitimate employment agent would have been able to.” The police investigation into the crime gang saw officers analyse 650,000 lines of telephone data, 250 bank accounts, more than 3,000 exhibits – including bank statements and benefits claims – and 1,500 witness statements in addition to accounts taken from survivors. Two more members of the crime group – who collectively made at least £2million between June 2012 and October 2017 – were also jailed. Lukasz Wyrwinski and Mateus Natkowski of of James Turner Street, Birmingham, played the roles of ‘trusted enforcers’ for the gang, using violence and threats to intimidate victims and keep them in News Gang enforcers locked up Wyrwinski and Natkowski line. Wyrwinski, 38, admitted conspiracy to force people into forced labour, conspiracy to traffic people for the purpose of exploitation, and money laundering. He was jailed for four years and three months. Natkowski, 29, was found guilty of conspiracy to force people into forced labour, conspiracy to traffic people for the purpose of exploitation and given four years and six months. The judge described their role in bringing victims into the country as “grab and imprison”.

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 11 Labour’s mayoral candidate Liam Byrne News Stolen Audi crashes after 110mph chase A STOLEN Audi crashed into a motorway barrier after a 110mph police pursuit on the M6. The white-coloured vehicle was abandoned and the driver made off following the crash just off junction 10 for Walsall. The Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) blasted the driver for their “stupidly” for failing to stop. Taking to Twitter, CMPG posted: “This vehicle failed to stop for us on the M6. After coming off at junction 10 at 110mph there was only one out come, Yes it crashed. Unfortunately the driver made off. Cheers for leaving all the forensics, expect a knock on the door soon. “Transpires that the vehicle is stolen. ” Byrne: Party hurt chances of mayor win plUS frEE EXclUSivE OK! vip BEAUTY And lifESTYlE mAgAzinE! # OKBEAUTYBOX jonathan walker Political Editor LABOUR MP Liam Byrne has criticised the way his party campaigned in local elections earlier this year – claiming it lacked a “clear message” and damaged his chances of becoming West Midlands Mayor. The mayoral election on May 6 saw Mr Byrne, MP for Hodge Hill, attempt to unseat Andy Street, the incumbent Conservative mayor. Mayoral contests were also held in other parts of the country, such as London and Greater Manchester, along with elections for local councils. Mr Byrne ran his own campaign locally but, like other Labour candidates, he also hoped to benefit from a national campaign launched by the party. However, he has now revealed his despair at the national party’s failure to set out a clear message. In a lengthy blog post published on his personal website, he revealed that he wrote to his campaign’s chair, fellow Birmingham MP Jack Dromey, setting out his concerns in early March. Mr Byrne said: “I messaged Jack Dromey to say ‘I think the national party is now allowing itself to fall into a very, very serious position. There appears to be no polling, no focus groups, no clear message or message strategy and ahead of the budget, there are at least four different lines of argument in the media.” He wrote: “On 10th of March, we learnt that the Labour Party was launching its national campaign but frankly it was pretty difficult to understand the topline message and bizarrely although we were fighting the key election in England we weren’t asked to be involved.” He said he appealed tuesday £1,000 BS4 5DW BS15 1NB BS30 8BY CB4 2RZ DA12 4UN for help to Ellie Robinson, Deputy Political Director in Labour leader Keir Starmer’s office, and told her that Labour’s campaign lacked a clear story to tell voters. Mr Byrne said: “We were finding it next to impossible to get regional media to cover us. We needed the Party’s national media coverage to help.” Mr Byrne said that he knew he had lost by the time votes were counted, and did not prepare a victory speech. n LABOUR’S new general secretary, David Evans, has told his party: “There is no road to victory that doesn’t go straight through the Midlands. I know that.” Mr Evans was confirmed as general secretary, the most senior official in the Labour Party, by the party’s annual conference on Saturday. Speaking to a meeting of Midlands MPs and activists during the conference, he suggested the party machine he inherited had been in a poor state. He said: “We have had some tough stuff to do, to get the finances in place, to re-model the organisation so it will give you the best possible service that you deserve as the people who are going to carry our message, our values, out to the people of the West Midlands and East Midlands.” n Labour Party Conference: Page 18-19 DH9 6YX GL2 2DN GU22 0PN NR20 5SW OX18 1FS for every ticket in these winning postcodes PE27 3ED PH2 6PN PO16 0TH SA42 0XN SE6 3ER SK10 3HU SS8 0HT TR8 5RA WF8 1HT WS8 7NR SUBScriBE TOdAY And gET ThiS SignEd, limiTEd-EdiTiOn BEAUTY BOX cUrATEd BY SUpErmOdEl JOdiE Kidd fOr juSt £7.50 AvAilABlE OnlY WhilE STOcKS lAST! London botanicaL LaboratorieS Bright me Up Serum (full size) rrP £55 revitaLaSh Advanced Eyelash conditioner (luxury sample size) rrP£31 dr. PawPaw rich mocha Balm (full size) rrP £6.95 eyeko Sport Waterproof mascara (luxury sample size) rrP £5 SubScribe and Save today at okbeautybox.co.uk *£7.50 offer is only available to new customers. OK! Beauty Box subscription is £15 per month thereafter. onLy £7.50* worth over £120 free p&p Monu Skin micellar Water (full size) rrP £23.95 Brought to you by

12 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live oUR DaiLY DELVE inTo THE PasT ON THIS DAY 490BC: The original Marathon was won by a breathless messenger who ran 24 miles from the scene of the Battle of Marathon to the city of Athens. “Rejoice, we conquer,“ he gasped – then dropped dead. 929: King Wenceslaus of Bohemia, Good King Wenceslas of the Christmas carol, was murdered by his younger brother, Boleslaw. 1573: Caravaggio, Italian painter, was born in Italy. 1685: Judge Jeffreys was appointed Lord Chancellor of England. 1745: God Save The King was first performed at Drury Lane Theatre, arranged by Thomas Arne. 1865: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson qualified to become Britain’s first practising woman doctor. 1923: The Radio Times was first published. 1964: Harpo Marx, the silent one who chased girls and played the harp, died aged 75. 1978: Pope John Paul I died after only 33 days as Pontiff. 1991: Miles Davis, the legendary jazz trumpeter, died aged 65. He invented an entirely new sound which became known as “cool” jazz. 2020: Princess Beatrice opened up about her secret lockdown wedding, describing it as “so much fun”. BIRTHDAYS Brigitte Bardot, actress and animal rights activist, 87; Helen Shapiro, singer, 75; Jon Snow (pictured), journalist, 74; Jennifer Rush, singer, 61; Janeane Garofalo, actress and comedian, 57; Mika Hakkinen, former racing driver, 53; Naomi Watts, actress, 53; Hilary Duff, actress and singer, 34. Get everything you need to know about where you live with our app or via the InYourArea.co.uk Tanks a mi££ion Generous Midlanders flocked to see new ww1 weapon of war MIke LockLey Feature Writer TODAY it’s hard to comprehend the excitement caused by ‘Tank Weeks’ in our region. These were orchestrated events filled with razzmatazz organised to raise funds for the new wonder weapon of the Great War. A tank would roll into town and there would be VIP speakers and bands, all aimed at getting the public to part with cash for war bonds which would fund the production of the metal leviathans. Tank Week was, essentially, a national tour of the ground-breaking invention which, military top brass believed, would end the war’s stalemate. Today it is hard to comprehend just how much cash the public parted with. Over four days, Walsall alone raised the staggering sum of £832,000 – that’s £83 million in today’s money and a fortune that would pay for 166 tanks. Dudley and Brierley Hill did even better, prising £1,200,000 from residents. Derby raised £1,284,000; Leicester £2,000,000; Coventry £1,370,000; Nottingham £2,635,000. Wolverhampton raked in £1,410,000 and Birmingham managed a sensational £6,500,000. Little was known of Walsall Tank Week, which began on March 25, 1918, until recently. Lee Dent and Richard Pursehouse of The Chase Project military research group have painstakingly pieced together the event and captured the frenzy of excitement that greeted the arrival of Tank 113 Julian, probably named after General Julian Byng, the commander responsible for the successful November 1917 tank attack on Cambrai. Other tanks were christened Old Bill – either a dig at Kaiser Wilhelm or a reference to popular cartoon character of the day Ole Bill, Nelson, Iron Ration – the name given to the detested dried food given to soldiers at the front – and Drake. Other names were chosen for comedy value, hence Fray Bentos and Creme de Menthe. The press had a field day before Julian’s arrival in Walsall, with journalists positively gushing over the visit of one of the “new and potent engines of war”. It was reported that the tank would be on display outside Walsall Town Hall and a marquee would be erected inside a guarded perimeter where war bonds could be purchased. Mr Tilney, from the National War Savings Committee, would focus on war bond sales of £50 and over. A special ‘Tank Bank’ frank was stamped on the bonds by staff positioned inside the gun turret on the side of the tank. The Postmaster and his staff would concentrate on the bigger demand for war savings certificates worth 15/6d (77p today). Julian had raised a mind-boggling £40 million by the time it reached Walsall railways goods station, threequarters of that sum realised during the Scottish leg of the tour. In fact, one of the guns bore a tartan scarf. While preparing for the much anticipated arrival of Julian, Lt W.E. Davies, of Holly Hall, Dudley, ripped his breeches, giving the press pack a funny aside. The reporters also Walsall mayor Frank James during Tank Week revealed that when the tank left town, Lt Davies received an anonymous parcel containing a “lovely little pair of spotless flannel knickers”. When questioned by hacks about the gift, Davies said: “A gentleman never tells.” Walsall wanted to raise £1 million and, to that end, organised a host of events. They included the presentation of medals to 11 local men. The Mayor carried out the ceremony from the top of Julian and the haul of medals included The Russian Order of St George, given to Sergeant William Harrison. Leaflets and a poem were dropped from a plane, which also wowed the crowds with an acrobatic display of loops and dives. The Bescot Prize Band and Shelfield Male Voice Choir performed by the side of the tank. Military bands were also invited, including the 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, based on Cannock Chase. The long list of speakers included the mayor, Mr S.M Slater, whose wife had been killed by a bomb dropped by a Zeppelin in January 1916. She was fatally wounded by shrapnel while travelling in a tram. It was the only time Walsall was bombed during the war. Frank James, of the South Staffs Water Works, also made a speech. Walsall MP Sir Richard Cooper personally donated £100 and declared: “Our fighting men were standing between us and annihilation.” The host of speechmakers was referred to as human machine guns that “rattled” from the top of the tank and “had found their targets as surely as the tanks had done on the battlefield”. Subscriptions were formally opened by Mr James Parker, MP for Halifax - a town similar in size to Walsall that had raised £2 million during its Tank Week. Comments on German advances in France – the Spring Offensive intended to separate British forces from the French had begun on March 21, 1918 – were included in speeches intended to stiffen the resolve of those in the crowd. One newspaper advert to promote the Walsall week showed a Tommy clutching a shield in the shape of a tank. The caption read: “Tanks save brave lives and tanks cost money - about £5,000 each.” And a Blue Peter-style thermometer planned for outside the George Hotel. Companies such as R.E Thacker, wholesale coach and saddlers’ ironmongers, pledged to raise £1,600 (in fact, they managed £2,346). The Prudential Insurance Company invested £25,000 and Pearl Assurance £5,000. Local schoolchildren raised more than £21,000. One blind child offered the contents of her money box in exchange for certificates, and a lady arrived with a carpet bag filled with family silver. She had it weighed, valued and spent the proceeds on war bonds, telling the crowd that the family silver was of more importance to the Government than hidden under her bed. Wednesbury, Darlaston and Pelsall Rural Councils raised funds. Wednesbury people decided, instead of providing £27,000 for 28 aeroplanes, that they would offer the money to Walsall Tank Week. Walsall Town Council voted unanimously to invest £20,000 in war bonds.

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 13 www.memorylane.co.uk Tank Julian in Dudley Tank Week in Birmingham Tank Week in Wolverhampton Julian: I sat on the trenches and flattened them THE spin surrounding Julian’s arrival is best summed up by a first person newspaper article, penned by the tank to the people of Walsall. Under the headline “Julian Speaks to Walsall”, it reads: ”The cities of England and Scotland know me. I have travelled their streets and in them I have found a welcome beyond my fondest desires. “At Liverpool they came and touched my guns as though I had been a holy thing, and at Manchester they brought their riches and laid them at my tractor wheels in offering. “Not always, though, in peaceful places have I journeyed, for I know No Man’s Land and the star-shell light that has revealed my presence by night and the lofting aeroplane that has seen me by day. “These things I have watched unmoved and, when the order has come to me, I have lifted my nose over the breastwork and trench and have gone out into that great mystery land in search of adventure. “Adventure I found. In dug-out and embrasure I found my foe, and with my strength I have broken him. I leaned against his pill-boxes and they were no more; I sat on his trenches and flattened them out. In the grey of the morning I came back to Blighty and here in the Midlands of our country I started to fight in a new cause and one just as great. “Let me tell you what I stand for. Mine is the strength of Britain, mine is the freshness of her mind and the power of her arm. To me and symbolised in me is the last word in the genius of our land.” The plea concludes: “Come, then, from the depths of your heart to help me, and may I get in Walsall’s streets that welcome that came to me at Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, and other cities of the Old Country. “I am only a Tank – but I am a very human Tank, and I want to see all my friends and I want all my friends to help me.”

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www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 15 Autism row councillor resigns from her role MARK CARDWELL Local Democracy Reporter A SOLIHULL councillor has resigned from a scrutiny board after controversial comments she made about children with autism. Cllr Angela Sandison (Con, St Alphege) questioned whether autism was being “over-diagnosed” and was accused of suggesting mothers are too often “on their phone” and that this could be causing increasing rates. An investigation was launched following the meeting of the children’s education and skills scrutiny committee meeting last week. The North Solihull Additional Needs Parent Support Group said around 100 “upset and angry” parents had been in touch – and relayed their complaints to the council. Council leader Cllr Ian Courts Cllr Angela Sandison (Con, Dorridge & Hockley Heath) has now announced Cllr Sandison has stepped down from the committee. Cllr Sandison said: “In no way is autism due to bad parenting. Autism is real and I in no way meant to blame parents. I unreservedly apologise. “I am very sorry for the upset caused and I would like to offer my resignation from the scrutiny board.” Cllr Courts said the situation had been discussed with the council’s monitoring officer “who will follow the council’s process with regard to the members’ code of conduct”. He said: “I have spoken with Cllr Sandison who is deeply upset at the distress felt by so many of our parents and carers. She has explained to me that it was certainly not her intention to cause distress. “All of us who have the privilege to live, work and learn in Solihull are committed to doing our very best for all our children and young people. “To this end I will be working with our key stakeholders, including parents and carers, to provide further learning for all elected members on all aspects of working and living with children and young people with special needs.” A North Solihull Additional Needs Parent Support Group spokesman previously said autism is a “neurodevelopmental disorder not as a result of parental neglect”. The spokesman accused Cllr Sandison of being “ignorant” of the subject and said it would result in policy “based on media articles and a lack of evidence”. News Man jailed for Xmas Day attack on officer A MAN who assaulted a police officer on Christmas Day has been jailed for six months. Daniel Taylor, 34, attacked PC Edwards in Solihull at around 3am on December 25 last year, Birmingham magistrates heard. Taylor, of Geraldine Road, Yardley, pleaded guilty to assault by beating of an emergency worker, criminal damage and possessing a quantity of cannabis and cannabis resin. He must also pay £250 compensation to the officer and £200 compensation for the criminal damage which was caused to the cage of a police vehicle. According to the court documents, footage from the police officer’s body- Daniel Taylor worn camera showed PC Edwards being “beyond patient” with the defendant. He was waiting for Taylor to leave a kitchen, but the court heard he was “there for an argument and had no intention of leaving”. At one point Taylor had a bottle in his hand. He assaulted the officer and was tackled to the floor. 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16 BIRMINGHAM MAIL @birmingham_live News The damaged ambulance Missile hurled at ambulance VITAL treatment for a suspected stroke patient was delayed when yobs hurled a missile at an ambulance on a 999 call. The ambulance, based at Erdington Hub, was in Worlds End Road at around 8.20am on Saturday when an object was thrown at the windscreen. The crew, made up of a paramedic and two student paramedics, were forced to pull over due to the damage to the windscreen and an alternative ambulance was sent to the patient. It delayed the response to a suspected stroke patient by around ten minutes. The incident was captured on the ambulance’s CCTV system and passed to West Midlands Police. Emergency services operations delivery director Nathan Hudson said: “It is difficult to comprehend why someone would do something like this. There is only one thing that an ambulance travelling on blue lights is doing and that is trying to get to a patient in need. “Given where the damage is, I am just so glad that none of the crew were hurt. It doesn’t bear thinking about, what could have happened. We will work with the police to do everything possible to find the individual so that they can be put before the courts.” 42 77 5 17 90 3 57 15 51 23 69174 63341 11748 50097 12017 63391 44070 12882 70629 61738 Bin workers set to go on strike again JORDAN REYNOLDS News Reporter BIN workers are set to strike again in Sandwell next week, affecting more than 60,000 homes. Refuse workers at Sandwell Council will strike for 24 hours from midnight on Wednesday, October 6, over “longstanding bullying, health and safety, and wage concerns,” the GMB union said. Following an initial strike at the end of August, the GMB suspended a further three strike dates scheduled for September after Serco management requested fresh talks. However, the union claims Serco has walked away from agreed dispute resolution meetings and is now refusing to engage with the union’s workplace representatives. GMB organiser Justine Jones said: “Serco have shown they are not serious about ending the dispute and resolving outstanding issues on safety, wellbeing and wages of our key workers in Sandwell Council. “To walk-away from a process they agreed to, is an act of tremendous bad faith, and it sends an awful message to workers about how poorly valued they are by Serco. “Again, we have asked Sandwell Council to intervene and deal with the behaviour of their statutory service operator. This is happening on their watch, and the public should know this. Our members are angry and tired, they have suffered this for years, and it’s made worse by the fact they are the lowest paid refuse service in the region.” Sandwell Council and Serco have been approached for a comment.

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 17 News Children’s worker had 310 sick pics of kids STAFF REPORTER A BIRMINGHAM-based children’s home worker downloaded vile pictures of child abuse from the web, a court heard. Thomas Adams, 25, was also caught having a relationship with a former resident, a 15-year-old girl, it was told. Adams, of Erdington, admitted three offences of making indecent images and three of possessing indecent images. He was given a 16-month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, 20 days rehabilitation activities and attendance on a sex offenders programme. Liverpool Crown Court Judge David Potter also imposed a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for the same length of time. He told Adams: “At the time you were employed as a residential care worker and your employment brought you into constant contact with vulnerable children and one with whom, after she left residential care, you formed a relationship.” LITTERS pickers were left stunned after a “nasty” note labelling them as “do-gooders” was left behind by an Amey worker. Volunteers in Kingshurst say they found the message scribbled onto the back of a receipt by a bin where they normally leave bags to be collected. The message, directed at volunteer He lost the responsible position he had held and was barred from working with children indefinitely. The court heard officers went to his address in Pwllglas, Ruthin in north Wales and found the 15-year-old girl. Adams was arrested and his telephone was seized. Police discovered it contained 310 images of children aged between five and 11 in all three categories of seriousness created between March 2018 and February last year. When interviewed after his arrest on February 19 last year, Adams admitted downloading pornographic images of children and over 18-yearolds and said he had used the Tumblr application. He admitted downloading some while working as a carer for children. Andrew McInnes, prosecuting, said he also confessed to taking the screenshot of the 15-year-old girl during an online chat. David Birrell, defending, said that the girl had told him she was 16 and “emotionally immature”. Adams said he believed that to be true. He now lives with his supportive parents and works as a driver in the construction industry. group Clean & Green, appeared to ask the pickers to put the bags in the correct place. The note read: “Right do-gooders, put green bags by the road off the big green, if not bags will not be picked up.” Amey is the firm contracted by Solihull Council to collect the bags. A spokesman said the worker was Thomas Adams Litter-pickers dubbed ‘do-gooders’ by waste collector “deeply remorseful”. An company spokesperson said: “As soon as this incident came to light we took action to rectify the situation and the employee is deeply remorseful about his action. Both Amey and the employee would like to apologise for the inappropriate comment.” A spokesman for Clean & Green, which is the largest litter picking group in Solihull, said the local authority had assured them it was investigating and taking the matter up with Amey. One volunteer took to Facebook to to write: “We are volunteer litter pickers who work extremely hard to keep our area free of litter not do-gooders!” England set to beat diagnosis target for HIV ENGLAND is on track to have diagnosed 95% of people living with HIV by 2025, beating a goal set by Unaids, according to a new study. Experts from the University of Cambridge and Public Health England (PHE) say the country is in a strong position to eliminate HIV transmission by 2030. Unaids has set a global target for 95% of people living with HIV to know their HIV status by 2030. In a study published in The Lancet Public Health journal, the PHE and Cambridge researchers said the number of people living with diagnosed HIV aged 15 to 74 in England increased from 83,500 in 2013 to 92,800 in 2019. The proportion diagnosed steadily increased from 86% to 94% during the same time period, with the number of undiagnosed infections halving from 11,600 to 5,900. In addition, 98% of those living with diagnosed HIV were on treatment, and 97% of these were virally suppressed where the amount of HIV in the blood drops to undetectable levels. “Similar steep declines were estimated in all subgroups of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and in most subgroups of Black African heterosexuals,” the study said. 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18 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live Labour Party Conference ‘Radical’ plans to power share LABOUR is promising to hand more powers to local councils and transform the relationship between local and national government. Shadow Communities Secretary Steve Reed promised the “most radical programme of devolution our country has ever seen” if Labour wins the next general election. Mr Reed, a former Lambeth Council leader, outlined plans to give local authorities greater control over the spending on infrastructure, in a bid to boost new jobs. Infrastructure spending typically includes major road or rail schemes, or the provision of broadband services. “We will do for communities and local services what we did for the NHS and put them beyond the reach of any future Conservative government by placing control in local people.’’ Our home was one-stop shop for needy EDGBASTON MP Preet Kaur Gill has spoken about her immigrant father who inspired her to become involved in politics. Ms Gill is a member of Keir Starmer’s Shadow Cabinet, in the role of Shadow International Development Secretary. It means she is set to be a Cabinet Minister if Labour forms a government. She is also the first Sikh woman to become an MP. Her father came to Birmingham from Punjab, India, and worked as a bus driver before becoming president of a Black Country Gurdwara, a place of assembly and worship for Sikhs. Ms Gill said: “Growing up, my inspiration to get into politics was my father, the late Daljit Singh Shergill. My dad came to Birmingham in the 1950s, where he worked in the foundry and as a bus driver before becoming the president of the first Gurdwara in Smethwick. “Growing up in recession-hit Birmingham in the 1980s, I realised the power of community. I saw how my father unionised the ethnic minority workers at his factory, to stop them having their pay packets stolen by other workers. “I watched him set up the first domestic abuse service of its kind, and establish the first food bank in Smethwick. Our home became a one-stop shop for anyone who needed support. “Today our task is the same as then. Building resilience and power in our communities is what my father did and is what we, as co-operators, do, day in day out.” Preet Kaur Gill MP JUST £5.49 Plan to get all school leavers on career path ON 12 CRAFT WINES Plus 2 FREE wine glasses worth £18, & FREE delivery direct to your door! Luxury Craft Wine Selection 12 CRAFT WINES NOW £65.88 WAS £136.38 Plus FREE WINE GLASSES AND DELIVERY! 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Images for illustration purposes only. For full terms and conditions, visit www.virginwines.co.uk/terms DRINKING IS ONLY FUN WHEN YOU DON’T OVERDO IT Jonathan Walker Reporting from Brighton LABOUR would spend £250 million to end the scandal of children leaving school at 16 with no job or training course to go to, Keir Starmer has pledged. There are 2,600 young people aged 16 or 17 in Birmingham not in education, employment or training (known as NEET), according to the Department for Education. That’s 8.5% of everyone in that agegroup, or around one in 12 people. It’s a problem across the country, but Birmingham’s figure is significantly higher than the England average, which is 5.5%. The Labour leader set out plans to ensure every young person goes into training, education or a job, as the party held its annual conference in Brighton. He also announced that a Labour government would ensure every child had access to a tablet or laptop at home, continuing a measure introduced by the present government during the Covid-19 pandemic. The government policy of providing equipment to lowincome families is designed specifically to help pupils while schools are closed, or they are forced to self-isolate and stay at home, but Labour would make the scheme permanent. The package would be funded by taking charitable status away from fee-paying schools so that they lost their current VAT and business rate exemptions. Labour says this would raise £1.7 billion every year. Mr Starmer said: “Every child should leave education ready for work and ready for life. Employers all around the country, in every sector, have told me how much they need well-rounded young people with relevant skills, literate in technology, equipped for life.” Labour’s education plan includes: n Ensuring no young person leaves compulsory education without qualifications. This will start with providing £250 million to local authorities to re-engage 16-17-year-olds who are not known to be in Education, Employment or Training (i.e. NEETs). n Introducing two weeks’ worth of compulsory work experience, to connect young people with local employers and build the skills needed for work. n Giving every child quality careers advice in their school by giving schools access to a professional careers advisor one day a week. n Guaranteeing every child has access to a device such as a laptop at home, by establishing a device renewal fund, out of which local authorities can fund renewing the 1.3 million devices delivered during the pandemic as a permanent scheme for children without adequate access to a device. n Specifying mandatory skills which must be embedded across the curriculum, to ensure a whole school approach to developing digital skills in every lesson, and including basic digital skills development in the computing curriculum, not just computer science. n Ensuring every primary and secondary child has access to weekly extracurricular activities and after school clubs. This could include the Duke of Edinburgh award, highly valued by employers, sports clubs, drama and music, debating or book clubs. In other developments as the conference continued, Sir Keir ruled out nationalising the UK’s largest energy firms – despite saying previously that he backed “common ownership” of energy companies.

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 19 Labour Party Conference MP in show of solidarity with Jewish community Miliband wants stake in gigafactories A LABOUR government would take a share in the ownership of massive car battery “gigafactories” - such as one planned for the West Midlands. Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband set out the plan in a speech to Labour’s annual conference in Brighton, saying: “A Labour government would help fund the investment in the gigafactories we need.” West Midlands Conservative Mayor Andy Street and councils across the region are backing plans for a 5.7 million sq ft factory on the site of Coventry Airport, which would be used for battery production and recycling. The plant’s main customer is expected to be Jaguar Land Rover. Gigafactories have the support of both major parties, and the Government has promised to make £500 million available nationwide to subsidise their construction. But Labour claims the Tory government has been too slow to make the planned factories a reality. Mr Miliband said a Labour government would use taxpayers’ money to subsidise the factories and would take a stake in them, to ensure some of the profits were returned to the public. An uplifting celebration of Britain’s most inspirational pets Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer with Shabana Mahmood at the party conference Jonathan Walker Reporting from Brighton BIRMINGHAM MP Shabana Mahmood told the Labour conference that anti-semitism in the party was “shameful” – and apologised “unreservedly” to Jewish Labour members and the wider Jewish community. Ms Mahmood, Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator, was speaking on behalf of Labour’s National Executive Committee, which is proposing the creation of a new independent complaints process to deal with anti-semitism and any other allegations of prejudice within the Labour Party. Urging delegates to endorse the proposals, she said: “It has been a shameful period in our history, utterly horrifying and today with your support for these rule changes we decisively turn the page on that shameful period in our history. “We apologise unreservedly to our Jewish members and to the wider Jewish community and we resolve from this conference floor today that no community will ever go through this pain again.” Ms Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Ladywood, said that as “an Asian woman of Kashmiri stock and a proudly practicing Muslim woman, I stand in unshakeable solidarity with my Jewish brothers and sisters across this movement”. A damning report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission last year found the party was responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination. NOMINATE NOW THEPEOPLESPETAWARDS.CO.UK PETS ARE FOR LIFE, NOT JUST LOCKDOWN TAKE THE DOGS TRUST SURVEY NOW

20 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live News Arrests as knife and drugs seized by police teams NICK HORNER News Reporter A KNIFE and several drugs packages were seized in three separate incidents in the same Birmingham suburb after two high-end cars were stopped. Police teams have proactively targeted Stockland Green in Erdington in the past week and seized Class A drugs, a blade and made four arrests, in attempt to stop drug dealing. The first stop took place in Oxford Road off Summer Road, Erdington. Officers from the Birmingham East Neighbourhood Task Force (NTF) seized an Audi A3 and arrested a 41-year-old man and 17-year-old boy on suspicion of possession and dealing crack cocaine. The teenager was also arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife. A knife and Class A drugs were seized. Both were released under investigation after questioning, West Midlands Police said. There then followed two stops in quick succession in adjoining roads in Stockland Green involving separate police teams. One was in Slade Road, Stockland Green. The Project Guardian youth violence and knife crime team Tweeted: “Following a footchase, with a bike and e-scooter a package was dropped. Enquiries have revealed ‘the owner’ so if you would like to come and ‘discuss’ the matter.” The other involved a BMW X3 which was ‘stopped and seized’ along with wraps of suspected heroin in Reservoir Road. A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Two men – a 24-yearold and a 35-year-old – were both arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply heroin. “They have both been released under investigation after questioning.” The operation came in the same week a large £100,000 cannabis farm was found, also in Marsh Hill, Stockland Green The group of travellers have set up camp in Selly Oak Park ‘Intimidating’ travellers set up camp at city park A GROUP of travellers have set up camp in Birmingham’s Selly Oak Park. About 20 vehicles including caravans and quad bikes are there. Birmingham City Council said it was aware of the travellers. A nearby resident said it “feels intimidating” for local people. It comes after a group of travellers set up camp on the University of Birmingham playing fields last month. saVe £5 WHen You spend £20 on selected gardening equipment at The #BillionSeedChallenge encourages people from all walks of life to connect with each other in celebration of their local green spaces by planting wildflowers. The aim is to plant one billion seeds across September and October in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow this November. We’ve teamed up with Homebase to give you the chance to join in - with a £5 saving when you spend £20 in store on Homebase, Spear and Jackson or Fiskars gardening hand tools until Friday October 1, 2021. PLUS Homebase have up to 50% off seeds in store, giving you even more opportunity to help plant one billion seeds across September and October with the #BillionSeedChallenge. HOW TO REDEEM Simply cut out the voucher and present at the checkout of your local Homebase store when purchasing Homebase, Spear and Jackson or Fiskars gardening hand tools worth £20 or more. Offer ends on Friday October 1, 2021 when stores close. See voucher for full terms and conditions before redemption. £5 OFF WHEN YOU SPEND £20 or more on Homebase, Spear and Jackson or Fiskars gardening hand tools OFFER VALID UNTIL FRIDAY OCTOBER 1, 2021 To the customer: Simply present this voucher at the checkout of your chosen Homebase store when purchasing Homebase, Spear and Jackson or Fiskars gardening hand tools worth £20 or more. Terms and conditions: *£5 off your in-store shop worth £20 and over. Valid in-store only. Not valid for click and collect. Minimum spend £20 after other promotions have been applied. Voucher valid until store close on Friday October 1, 2021. Only one use per voucher. Only one voucher per transaction. Staff can advise on which items fall within this offer. Photocopies of voucher will not be accepted. Vouchers that have been tampered with will not be accepted. Not to be used in conjunction with other offers or vouchers.

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 21 OPINION Allow Shamima back to answer any charges IN response to the letters regarding Shamima Begum, I would remind readers that she was 15 when she flew to Turkey, and the two who went with her were in the same school year so no older than 16. One girl had gone to Syria first, and their school called in counterterrorism police. These interviewed Shamima and others about the friend who had gone first, without parents being present, and gave them letters to take home, which of course the parents did not see. The police have powers to stop anyone travelling through a port or airport, and many young British Muslims were prevented from travelling abroad. As people known to be in contact with known ISIS members in Syria, the three girls should have been stopped at the airport but, underage as they were, they were allowed to fly to Turkey. We don’t know what Shamima did or did not do in Syria. She has been interviewed by the British press without anyone to guide her on what to say or not say to their questions. I hope she will be allowed back and her citizenship restored, and she can then be tried for terrorism offences she may have committed. We should wait to hear the evidence before damning her. Name and address supplied Government is right to block ‘terror bride’ FURTHER to the letters published in Talkback on the subject of Shamima Begum (September 21), sadly I have to agree with the British Government on this difficult subject and feel that due to ongoing national security considerations, she should not be allowed back into the United Kingdom. So far as I am concerned, this individual was allegedly well aware of the consequences of her actions when she left Britain to become a fully-qualified ‘ISIS terror bride’. I am sure that Home Secretary Priti Patel will review this matter and make the right decision. John A Ridarta, Rednal No guarantees on Afghan refugees A RECENT incident in Birmingham highlights yet again how it is well-nigh NotIces Find the latest information on planning proposals, traffic notices, goods vehicle operator licences, licences to sell alcohol and probate notices, from page xx PIctURe oF tHe DAY Walsall Arboretum, by Tim Ellis, Flickr www.birminghammail.co.uk/flickr impossible nowadays to have a coherent and public conversation about the nature and magnitude of the jihad terror threat. According to the Birmingham Mail (September 12), a Kingshurst parish councillor named Sheila Daly transgressed woke boundaries by asking if council officials were prepared for the Afghans to begin ‘‘blowing us up’’. Despite the fact that on September 10, an Afghan rescued from Kabul by the RAF has been arrested as a suspected Taliban terrorist in Manchester, and that on August 23, a person from Afghanistan on the UK’s ‘no fly’ list was flown into Birmingham as part of the evacuation operation, Nazek Ramadan, director of charity Migrant Voice, condemned the councillor. Ms Ramadan said: “These kinds of comments are totally inappropriate and inflammatory.” What guarantee can Nazek Ramadan give that Sheila Daly is entirely wrong, and that no Afghan “Anything I put my hand and my head to, I want to be the best.” Retired sprinter Usain Bolt who is releasing a reggae album “I was confident I’d never have to write my own life story, and that Madonna had the right idea – have books written about you, but don’t write them yourself. Well, I’m not Madonna, and I’m not that famous.” Sophie Ellis-Bextor who has published an autobiography “I’m not chasing accolades in food, I just TIME OUT Get in touch: Email letters@birminghammail.co.uk refugees will turn to jihad? Nazek Ramadan can give no such guarantee. But you’re not allowed to voice such concerns in Britain today. Eddie Sanders, Pheasey Estate Despair at actions of headless chickens WHAT a nation of idiots we have become! To be fair it’s the minority once again that spoil it for the rest of us! Petrol is now suddenly in short supply as well as food items, we are told by our irresponsible news media. Then they say ‘‘there is plenty to go round’’, by which time out come mindless panic-buyers who head off like headless chickens grabbing up everything off the shelves and queuing for petrol. This stupidity creates a shortage that was not there in the first place! Our negative and scaremongering media have a lot to answer for. Sometimes I despair, I really do! Les Barlow, Erdington QUotes OF THE DAY want people to like what I’m cooking for them.” Chef Rich Stein “One petrol station said they had a 500 per cent increase in demand compared to a week ago, which is quite extraordinary.” Petrol Retailers’ Association chairman Brian Madderson Lurching through an alphabet of disaster AFGHANISTAN, Brexit, climate change, coronavirus, we seem to be working our way through an ‘alphabet of disaster’. We lurch from one catastrophe to another, with promises of a better tomorrow that just seems to be getting worse by the day. Now it’s gas. We have invested billions in wind power and now we see that wind turbines without wind are useless. So, just how are we going to charge all these cars in the future? Where is the electricity going to come from? Because unlike gas you can’t store electricity. S T Vaughan, Yardley Wood The small print: Letters will not be included unless you include your name, full postal address and daytime telephone number (we prefer to use names of letter writers but you can ask for your name not to be published if you have a good reason). The Editor reserves the right to edit all letters. Usain Bolt LETTERS FROM THE ARCHIVES BLAST from the past November 12, 1992 A Birmingham first ALL non-NHS hospitals and nursing homes with more than five beds allocated to abortion are subject to licensing by the Department of Health and routinely undergo stringent inspections not only by them but also by the District Health Authority (Mail, October 27). The prices charged, which are exceedingly low compared to the rest of private medicine, have to be approved by the Department. In consequence, the total cost of an abortion is fairly uniform throughout the country. The Calthorpe Nursing Home was the first clinic in the country to charge a low, set fee which means that whatever investigation prior to the operation is necessary or whatever complication may arise, which is rare, no further charge is levied. We are proud of the service we offer and feel we are another Birmingham first. Kay Sweeney, patient relations officer, Calthorpe Nursing Home, Edgbaston Threat to countryside? DURING the industrial revolution, people left the land to find work in our cities. Now people are returning to the country anxious to get away from the pollution, overcrowding and hassle of traffic jams. Will they take their problems with them and ruin the countryside? Bill Drew, Kingstanding Don’t punish jobless WHY do people expect the unemployed to become second rate citizens (You Say, November 6). Do we suggest that they give up all they have worked for? Their cars were bought and paid for before they were thrown out of work. For goodness sake, live and let live. Mrs G Elson, Streetly Idea to help homeless I WOULD suggest that all the homeless people are allowed to sleep in the hospital wards that are being shut down (Mail, November 9). It would provide them with shelter. Miss J Fear, South Yardley ORDER PHOTOS ■■If you want to order photographs from today’s Birmingham Mail or any classic images from our archives, please go online to reachphotosales.co.uk/Reach

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COASE 15-2 Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, steady headway over 1f out, kept on same pace towards finish, 7th of 16, 7l behind Farasi Lane at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug. AMAYSMONT 28-1 Prominent, pushed along over 3f out, outpaced 2f out, soon lost place, 10th of 11, 9l behind Platinumcard at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug. OLD NEWS 11-1 Went left leaving stalls, towards rear, switched right and ridden 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Copper And Five at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf. JEWEL MAKER 12-1 Held up towards rear, headway into midfield 3f out, ridden over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Ventura Rascal at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf. YAASER 300-1 Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 10, 18l behind Maydanny at Ayr 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gd. 1.35 VIRGIN BET FIVES HANDICAP (4) 6f Winner £4,347 (14 run) RTV 1 (14) 370 Lord Oberon (129) K Burke 6 10-2 (D2)...........P-L Jamin (5) 74 2 (11) 160 John Kirkup (11) M Dods 6 10-2 (CD2).................. C Beasley 83 3 (2) 034 Blind Beggar (38) R Fahey 3 10-1 (D)................P Hanagan 82 4 (8) 570 Tipperary Tiger (122) K Burke 3 10-1 (D)...............S James 67 5 (12) 977 Big Les (42) J Camacho 6 9-11 (CD)................................J Hart 86 6 (5) 468 Chookie Dunedin (11) K Dalgleish 6 9-8 (CD)..B Garritty (3) 81 7 (9) 162 Sound Of Iona (12) J Goldie 5 9-7 (C)........ Miss A Waugh (5) 81 8 (1) -70 Quick Look (117) M & D Easterby 8 9-7 (D5).Joanna Mason (3) 73 9 (4) -06 Le Cheval Rapide (46) D Carroll 3 9-7..................... H Shaw 70 10 (13) 750 True Mason (11) Phillip Makin 5 9-7 (D)................... R Scott 84 11 (3) 965 Pivoting (19) T Easterby 3 9-6 (D)............................C Hardie 73 12 (6) 858 Copper Queen (59) K Ryan 3 9-3.............................. K Stott 61 13 (10) 564 After John (8) Harvey Bastiman 5 9-2 (D2)............ A Mullen 76 14 (7) 219 Rory (12) J Goldie 3 9-2 (BF, C)............................P Mulrennan 82 BETTING: 7-2 Blind Beggar, 6 John Kirkup, 7 Sound Of Iona, 10 Rory, Chookie Dunedin, Big Les, 12 Le Cheval Rapide, After John, True Mason, 14 Others. 2020: ERICH BLOCH 4 9 4, Callum Rodriguez 11-2 (R Fell), drawn (6), 11 ran. FORM GUIDE: BLIND BEGGAR 11-2 Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on well inside last, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Blackrod at York 5f app hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug. JOHN KIRKUP 33-1 Mid-division, ridden 2f out, faded inside last, 19th of 22, 7l behind Call Me Ginger at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gf. SOUND OF IONA 13-2 Held up in touch, close up when ridden over 1f out, ran on final furlong, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Thrilla In Manila at Ayr 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf. BIG LES 7-1 Prominent early, chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, finished 8th, placed 7th, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Call Me Ginger at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug. CHOOKIE DUNEDIN 40-1 Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, ran on well inside final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 22, 2l behind Call Me Ginger at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gf. RORY 7-2fav Slowly away and in rear, ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong but never reached challenging position, 9th of 15, 5l behind Thrilla In Manila at Ayr 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf. AFTER JOHN 9-2 In touch, pushed along and dropped to last after 2f, going better over 2f out and waiting for room, switched left under 2f out, headway over 1f out, closing when not clear run briefly inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 6, 2l behind Absolute Dream at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft. LE CHEVAL RAPIDE 12-1 Pulled hard, led briefly, chased leader, every chance 2f out, ridden and lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened final 110 yards, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Celestial Queen at Thirsk 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug. 2.10 VIRGIN BET MAIDEN STAKES (GBB RACE) (5) (2-Y-O) 1m Winner £3,780 (7 run) RTV 1 (2) Allegedly R Fahey 9-5.......................................P Hanagan — 2 (6) 344 Capital Theory (20) M Johnston 9-5...................J Fanning 67 3 (3) Million Thanks K Ryan 9-5.................................... K Stott — 4 (4) 8 Mintnthat (12) I Jardine 9-5................................. A Mullen 2 5 (5) 7 Mr Alan (123) G Boughey 9-5............................. Rossa Ryan 30 6 (7) 7 Belle Of Annandale (12) K Dalgleish 9-0...... C Rodriguez 29 7 (1) 0 Sophiesticate (11) J Goldie 9-0......................P Mulrennan 38 BETTING: 13-8 Capital Theory, 9-4 Mr Alan, 4 Million Thanks, 9-2 Allegedly, 25 Belle Of Annandale, 50 Mintnthat, 66 Sophiesticate. 2020: CONTACT 9 5, Robbie Downey 7-4 Fav (T D Barron), drawn (7), 7 ran. 2.45 DOWNLOAD THE VIRGIN BET APP HANDICAP (6) 7f Winner £2,592 (12 run) RTV 1 (11) 534 King Of Tonga (11) D O’Meara 5 9-12 (D)............ D Tudhope 73 2 (5) 654 How Bizarre (10) Liam Bailey 6 9-8 (D2).................. K Stott 71 3 (3) 354 Ventura Vision (19) M Johnston 3 9-7 (D2).........J Fanning 65 4 (2) 622 Kats Bob (9) I Jardine 3 9-3.................................... A Mullen 69 5 (4) 710 Written Broadcast (42) Harvey Bastiman 4 9-3 (D)......... .............................................................................P Hanagan 68 6 (8) 867 Cragside (10) T Easterby 3 9-1............................D Fentiman 67 7 (6) 054 Aquamas (17) M Dods 3 8-8................................... C Beasley 67 8 (1) 404 Beechwood Emily (17) K Dalgleish 3 8-8 (D).............S Gray 69 9 (10) 867 Lucky Violet (11) Miss L Perratt 9 8-7 (C2, D).........J Gormley 67 10 (9) 440 Corra Linn (25) K Dalgleish 3 8-6..........................Doubtful 69 11 (7) 286 One Last Hug (8) J Goldie 6 8-6 (C)............ Miss A Waugh (5) 69 12 (12) 690 Bobby Shaftoe (10) J Goldie 3 8-2..................... JP Sullivan 55 BETTING: 4 King Of Tonga, 9-2 Kats Bob, 5 Ventura Vision, 6 Beechwood Emily, How Bizarre, 7 Aquamas, 12 Written Broadcast, 14 Cragside, 20 Others. 2020: UGO GREGORY 4 9 6, David Allan 7-4 Fav (T Easterby), drawn (2), 14 ran. 3.20 VIRGIN BET HANDICAP (3) 7f Winner £8,100 (13 run) RTV 1 (1) 937 Redarna (10) D Sayer 7 9-9 (CD5)......................... JP Sullivan 97 2 (11) 563 Zip (87) R Fahey 5 9-9 (D5)..................................B Garritty (3) 97 3 (4) 039 Summa Peto (10) K Dalgleish 3 9-7 (C)...................Doubtful 93 4 (3) 601 Cold Stare (52) D O’Meara 6 9-7 (D5).................. D Tudhope 95 5 (9) 170 Black Friday (10) R M Smith 6 9-6 (C3, D)............P Mathers 97 6 (12) 603 Wobwobwob (10) A Keatley 3 9-5 (D2)...... Ryan Sexton (7) 92 7 (2) 497 Dutch Decoy (39) M Johnston 4 9-3 (D2)...............J Fanning 98 8 (7) 040 Parallel World (155) K Burke 5 8-12 (D3)....P-L Jamin (5) 67 9 (10) 450 Tommy G (12) J Goldie 8 8-11 (CD4)....................P Mulrennan 97 10 (13) 434 Shawaamekh (17) D Carroll 7 8-11 (D3)................... H Shaw 96 11 (8) 219 Dancing To Win (10) H Palmer 3 8-9 (BF, D)............. B Curtis 104 12 (5) 237 Hajjam (12) Liam Bailey 7 8-6 (CD2).........................C Hardie 98 13 (6) 070 True Blue Moon (24) T Easterby 6 8-5 (CD).......D Fentiman 92 BETTING: 7-2 Cold Stare, 5 Dancing To Win, 6 Zip, 8 Redarna, Wobwobwob, 10 Tommy G, Shawaamekh, 14 Dutch Decoy, Black Friday, 16 Others. 2020: REDARNA 6 9 9, James Sullivan 13-2 (D Sayer), drawn (4), 9 ran. FORM GUIDE: COLD STARE 4-1fav Mid-division, good headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on well when joined inside final furlong, won at Haydock 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug beating Edgewood by nk, 10 ran. DANCING TO WIN 15-8fav In touch when groups merged 4f out, pushed along and headway over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 9th of 10, 11l behind Sadiqaa at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf. ZIP 13-2 Prominent and tracked leader, headway to lead narrowly over 1f out, ridden when pressed but every chance inside final furlong, no extra once headed final 110 yards, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Young Fire at Haydock 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Jul. REDARNA 7-1 In rear, pushed along halfway, soon ridden, never on terms, 7th of 9, 7l behind Titan Rock at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd. WOBWOBWOB 15-2 Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway well over 1f out, kept on well closing stages, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Titan Rock at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd. SHAWAAMEKH 11-4 Steadied start, held up towards rear, edged right over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Newbolt at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs. TOMMY G 15-2 Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened quickly entering final furlong, 11th of 12, 24l behind Chichester at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf. BLACK FRIDAY 33-1 Tracked leader, pushed along 2f out, gradually faded, 17th of 24, 12l behind Staxton at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gd. DUTCH DECOY 11-1 Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 9l behind Lion Tower at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug. HAJJAM 16-1 Midfield, prominent in chasing group halfway, ridden over 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, 7th of 10, 6l behind Ventura Rascal at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf. 3.50 VIRGIN BET FREE BETS FOR WINNERS HANDICAP (4) 1m 2f Winner £4,347 (6 run) RTV 1 (1) 311 Casilli (30) M & D Easterby 4 9-10 (D3)...... Joanna Mason (3) 84 2 (2) 123 Myristica (29) T Easterby 3 9-7 (BF, D2)............... S De Sousa 86 3 (4) 366 Noble Crusade (18) K Dalgleish 3 9-5.............. C Rodriguez 87 4 (6) 264 Silvestris (21) M Johnston 3 9-0..........................J Fanning 75 5 (5) 465 Finally Mine (12) K Dalgleish 4 8-10..........................S Gray 83 6 (3) 156 My Little Queens (12) R Fahey 3 8-2..................P Mathers 88 BETTING: 6-4 Casilli, 5-2 Myristica, 7 My Little Queens, Noble Crusade, 8 Silvestris, 12 Finally Mine. 2020: BARYSHNIKOV 4 9 7, Robbie Downey 10-3 JtFav (T D Barron), drawn (2), 9 ran. FORM GUIDE: CASILLI 5-2 Held up, closed 3f out, switched left 2f out, led over 1f out, edged right and went clear entering final furlong, comfortably, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Regal Mirage by 2l, 6 ran. MYRISTICA 85-40fav Close up, ridden over 2f out, joined leader 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Howzer Black at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug. MY LITTLE QUEENS 15-2 Midfield, headway over 2f out when ridden, pressed leaders over 1f out, faded close home, 6th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Bollin Margaret at Ayr 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf. NOBLE CRUSADE 12-1 Prominent, ridden along 3f out, faded over 1f out, 6th of 8, 10l behind Bookmark at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd. SILVESTRIS 16-1 Chased leaders, ridden and edged left 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, lost 3rd and no extra towards finish, 4th of 7, 6l behind Liberated Lad at Windsor 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf. FINALLY MINE 12-1 Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 1l behind Bollin Margaret at Ayr 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf. 4.20 VIRGINBET.COM HANDICAP (4) 1m 7f Winner £4,347 (5 run) RTV 1 (4) 183 Let Me Be (11) K Dalgleish 5 10-5 (CD)................. C Rodriguez 80 2 (3) 534 Arch Moon (17) M Dods 4 10-0........................P Mulrennan 80 3 (1) 411 Haveyoumissedme (9) I Jardine 3 9-11................ A Mullen 82 4 (5) 149 Justified (32) M Johnston 4 9-5............................J Fanning 78 5 (2) 254 Socially Shady (10) K Burke 4 9-2..........................S James 81 BETTING: 7-4 Haveyoumissedme, 5-2 Let Me Be, 4 Arch Moon, 6 Socially Shady, 8 Justified. 2020: HIROSHIMA 4 9 12, Darragh Keenan(3) 6-1 (J Ryan), drawn (2), 7 ran. FORM GUIDE: HAVEYOUMISSEDME 11-4fav Towards rear in touch, headway 3f out, ridden to press leader 2f out, sustained duel with runner-up thereafter, stayed on well, won on nod, won at Hamilton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft beating Liberated Lad by shd, 6 ran. LET ME BE 3-1 Led, nudged along 5f out, ridden 4f out, headed 2f out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Prince Imperial at Ayr 2m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) gf. ARCH MOON 5-1 Tracked leaders, led over 6f out, soon pressed, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Bollin Neil at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs. SOCIALLY SHADY 10-1 Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Dreams Unwind at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd. JUSTIFIED 8-1 Prominent, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 28l behind Nataleena at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug. CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS SEDGEFIELD TODAY WORCESTER TODAY Going: Good Going: Good Ramure 2.00 rAMure Mr Caplan 2.35 Rattle Owl Kendelu 3.10 The Darley Lama Sergeant 3.42 Sergeant Costly Diamond 4.12 Check My Pulse Millie The Minx 4.45 Millie The Minx A Different Kind 5.20 Bayraat My Renaissance 1.43 G’day Aussie Wagner 2.18 Shinobi Imperial Knight 2.53 Zulu Dawn Blue Sans 3.28 Translink Manintheshadows 3.58 Call His Bluff Ballymilan 4.28 Ballymilan Percy’s Word 5.00 Ragamuffin 2.00 CAZOO JUVENILE MAIDEN HURDLE (GBB RACE) (4) (3-Y-O) 2m 1f Winner £4,084 (8 run) SSR 1 3 Babajan (9) A Murphy 11-0..........................................J Quinlan 88 2 Knight Salute M Harris 11-0...............................M Bastyan (3) — 3 Wee Dracula I Jardine 11-0...................................... C O’Farrell — 4 We Still Believe B Haslam 11-0............................ R McLernon — 5 Williewinamillion M & D Easterby 11-0............T Midgley (7) — 6 FU9 Alice Kitty (32) G Elliott (IRE) 10-7............................... S Bowen 88 7 6 No Escape (58) R Spencer 10-7........................................C Brace 35 8 542 Ramure (23) S Edmunds 10-7.................................... C Gethings 114 BETTING: 7-4 Ramure, 3 Alice Kitty, 10-3 Babajan, 8 We Still Believe, 10 Knight Salute, 20 Williewinamillion, 25 Wee Dracula, 33 No Escape. 2020: GENEVER DRAGON 11 0, Henry Brooke 16-1 (D McCain), 8 ran. 2.35 CARPETGALLOP.CO.UK 01785719991 NOVICES’ HURDLE (4) 2m 4f Winner £4,084 (9 run) SSR 1 22P Gordon’s Jet (79) B Ellison 5 11-5 (BF)........................B Hughes 128 2 212 Mr Caplan (47) G Elliott (IRE) 6 11-5............................ S Bowen 130 3 1-3 Rattle Owl (146) J O’Keeffe 5 11-5 (D).....................O Brown (5) 130 4 143 Voice Of Hope (34) M Young 4 11-2 (D).............................. J Best 129 5 784 Big Bold Gold (13) Kenny Johnson 7 10-12...Alison Johnson (7) 63 6 03 Filou D’Anjou (26) S G West 6 10-12........................... J Kington 68 7 47 Stone Picker (28) D Bourke 6 10-12............................A Cawley 56 8 5 Sir Chester (22) I Jardine 4 10-9................................ C O’Farrell — 9 445 Hoorayforhannah (26) M Sowersby 4 10-2.... A Anderson (7) 32 BETTING: Evens Mr Caplan, 5-2 Rattle Owl, 4 Gordon’s Jet, 8 Voice Of Hope, 33 Stone Picker, 50 Sir Chester, 66 Big Bold Gold, 100 Filou D’Anjou, Hoorayforhannah. 2020: YOUNG LIEUTENANT 6 10 12, Jack Tudor(5) 7-5 (W Greatrex), 8 ran. FORM GUIDE: MR CAPLAN 10-1 Mid-division, took keen hold, closer in 5th 3 out, ridden in 3rd next, 2nd before last, kept on run-in, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Quirt Evans at Tramore 2m 4f nov hdl 0-116 gd in Aug. RATTLE OWL 9-4 Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd or 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner before last, dropped to 3rd flat, 3rd of 12, 16l behind Lesser at Kelso 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May. GORDON’S JET 5-2fav Tracked leaders, jumped left 1st and 2nd, mistake 4 out, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by First Account at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jul, 11 ran. 1.43 LEGACY RACING HANDICAP CHASE (5) 2m 110yds Winner £2,505 (9 run) SSR 1 27- Gouet Des Bruyeres (159) O Greenall 5 11-12 (BF).................. .......................................................................Mr Toby Wynne (7) 106 2 261 G’day Aussie (3) Dave Roberts 8 11-5 (D3).................. L Edwards — 3 306 Genever Dragon (36) D McCain 4 11-5 (D)......S Twiston-Davies 53 4 -4P Nyoufsea (31) A Sadik 6 11-4.......................................Doubtful 33 5 354 My Renaissance (31) S England 11 11-1 (D6).............J England 102 6 408 Bempton Cliffs (40) S Allwood 6 11-1......................T J O’Brien — 7 U-0 Raving Bonkers (20) O Greenall 8 10-12 (D2)........ Craig Nichol — 8 5P6 Begoodtoyourself (27) C Kellett 6 10-5......................H Reed 110 9 894 Invincible Wish (11) S-J Davies 9 10-1.................W T Kennedy 76 BETTING: 6-4 G’day Aussie, 9-2 My Renaissance, 5 Gouet Des Bruyeres, 7 Genever Dragon, 10 Bempton Cliffs, 12 Raving Bonkers, 14 Begoodtoyourself, 16 Invincible Wish. 2020: No corresponding race. 2.18 LEGACY RACING NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (GBB RACE) (4) 2m 7f Winner £3,594 (7 run) SSR 1 642 Clever As A Fox (24) Dr R Newland 8 12-0 (C)...S Twiston-Davies 76 2 121 Delight Of Dubai (28) Noel Williams 7 11-13...........T J O’Brien 124 3 212 Wagner (22) A Honeyball 6 11-10 (BF, C).................B Godfrey (5) 127 4 651 Shinobi (38) K Bailey 5 11-3..............................................D Bass — 5 5U1 Frau Georgia (22) N Mulholland 7 11-2................T Scudamore 127 6 142 Kabrit (27) A Ralph 6 11-2 (CD)................................ N Scholfield 124 7 136 Coral (27) F O’Brien 6 11-0 (C)................................. L Harrison (5) 126 BETTING: 3 Delight Of Dubai, 7-2 Frau Georgia, 9-2 Shinobi, 5 Wagner, 7 Kabrit, 8 Coral, 10 Clever As A Fox. 2020: No corresponding race. FORM GUIDE: DELIGHT OF DUBAI 85-40 Mid-division, not fluent 7 out, steady headway 4 out, led before 2 out, four lengths clear 2 out, not fluent and jumped right last, faced strong challenge and rallied run-in, just held on, won at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Aug beating Sizing Cusimano by hd, 5 ran. FRAU GEORGIA 9-2 Held up in touch in mid-division, headway chased leaders 14th, led 2 out, soon clear, easily, won at Perth 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd beating Doldrum Bay by 9l, 9 ran. SHINOBI 9-2 Led and disputed, mistake and briefly headed 6th, in front again before 4 out, joined 2 out, 3 lengths ahead when awkward last, driven and kept on well run-in, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug beating Speredek by 1 3/4l, 7 ran. WAGNER 10-11fav Led, pushed along under 3 out, pressed turning for home, headed under 2 out, kept on until outpaced by winner flat, 2nd of 3, 3 1/2l behind Helford River at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd. KABRIT 7-2 Held up in rear, jumped right 7th, blundered 9th, not much room 4 out, headway 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, about 4 lengths down when left disputing lead 110 yards from line, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Quartz Du Rheu at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd. CORAL 11-4 Led 1st until 2nd, tracked leaders, ridden before 3 out, switched right before 2 out, outpaced and not much room approaching last, plugged on, no impression, 6th of 11, 7l behind Generation Gap at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd. 3.10 CARPETGALLOP.CO.UK NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (5) 2m 5f Winner £2,505 (10 run) SSR 1 131 Brother Pat (15) D McCain 6 11-12 (D).................... T Gillard (5) 106 2 1P3 Give Us A Swig (14) S Curran 6 11-4........................... G Sheehan — 3 003 Kendelu (11) N Hawke 6 11-3..................................... D Noonan 103 4 0-F Cilluirid (45) T Easterby 7 11-0.................................J Hamilton — 5 -54 The Darley Lama (13) Justin Landy 7 10-7 (BF)...........C Bewley — 6 7-8 Bobbie The Dazzler (28) Kenny Johnson 7 10-2.... Alison Johnson (7) 99 7 -08 Fraterculus (112) O Greenall 4 10-1...........................H Brooke — 8 PP4 Zen Master (27) M Sowersby 9 10-0.................... A Anderson (7) 100 9 665 Elixer (31) F Murtagh 8 10-0..................................L Murtagh (3) 99 10 698 Leannes Lady (31) A Berry 9 10-0............................R Chapman — BETTING: 5-4 Brother Pat, 7-2 The Darley Lama, 6 Give Us A Swig, 10 Cilluirid, Kendelu, 16 Zen Master, Elixer, 20 Fraterculus, 25 Others. 2020: LOVELY SCHTUFF 8 11 3, Danny McMenamin(3) 11-4 Fav (Mrs J Stephen), 12 ran. 3.42 CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE (5) 2m 1f Winner £2,342 (12 run) SSR 1 625 Speredek (23) N Hawke 10 12-2 (D2)......................K Buckley (3) 110 2 6-3 Pink Jazz (14) S Curran 4 11-12...................................... T Gillard 107 3 44- En Couleur M & D Easterby 4 11-10.......................T Midgley (3) 114 4 565 Spantik R Fell 4 11-9 (C)................................................K Brogan 104 5 401 Treasured Company (20) Sue Smith 5 11-5.... T Willmott (3) 109 6 711 Strong Team (13) C Grant 8 10-13 (CD).........................O Brown 107 7 6-0 Handsome Samson (27) R Spencer 6 10-13..............A Edwards 103 8 49/ Baraboy (1232) F Murtagh 11 10-11 (CD2)..................L Murtagh — 9 -1F Sergeant (11) M Harris 4 10-6 (BF, D).....................M Bastyan (3) 109 10 349 Brickadank M Hammond 5 10-6...... Emma Smith-Chaston (6) 108 11 774 My Poem (22) O Greenall 4 10-0.................................R Turner (3) 96 12 960 Naasik (40) J Norton 8 10-0................................Mr A Fielding (5) 95 BETTING: 11-4 Sergeant, 4 Strong Team, 11-2 Treasured Company, 6 Spantik, 8 Speredek, 10 Pink Jazz, En Couleur, 14 My Poem, 16 Others. 2020: No corresponding race. 4.12 CAVELLOS ITALIAN GIN & COCKTAIL BAR HANDICAP CHASE (4) 2m 1f Winner £3,594 (4 run) SSR 1 50U Thatbeatsbanagher (13) B Haslam 7 11-11........ R McLernon 116 2 532 Costly Diamond (36) G Hanmer 7 11-6 (C2)......W Shanahan (7) 125 3 432 Check My Pulse (31) R Menzies 5 11-1........................H Brooke 140 4 P91 Lucky Robin (26) B Ellison 9 11-0 (CD).........................B Hughes — BETTING: 5-4 Lucky Robin, 7-4 Costly Diamond, 5 Check My Pulse, 8 Thatbeatsbanagher. 2020: MY RENAISSANCE 10 10 0, Jonathan England 4-1 (S England), 8 ran. FORM GUIDE: LUCKY ROBIN 20-1 Prominent, close up 3 out, ridden to lead narrowly 2 out, headed approaching last where not fluent, stayed on strongly to lead on line, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd beating Snookered by ns, 6 ran. COSTLY DIAMOND 5-1 Led, 4 lengths clear final bend, not fluent and pressed last, headed and edged left flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Captain Cobajay at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (5) gd in Aug. 2.53 CAZOO NOVICES’ HURDLE (GBB RACE) (4) 2m 7f Winner £4,084 (3 run) SSR 1 -34 Imperial Knight (27) B Pauling 9 11-5.......................K Woods 134 2 3-6 Irish Sovereign (85) S Humphrey 6 10-12............ N Scholfield 30 3 /42 Zulu Dawn (20) G McPherson 7 10-12................ Lilly Pinchin (5) 120 BETTING: 4-9 Imperial Knight, 9-4 Zulu Dawn, 14 Irish Sovereign. 2020: No corresponding race. 3.28 READ KEVIN BLAKE ON ATTHERACES.COM HAND- ICAP HURDLE (4) 2m 4f Winner £3,159 (9 run) SSR 1 124 I’m So Busy (38) Dr R Newland 6 12-2................S Twiston-Davies 120 2 27- Velasco (224) T Lacey 5 11-12 (D)...................................J J Burke 120 3 25- Steady Away (180) Nicky Martin 7 11-11................... M Griffiths 128 4 121 Blue Sans (27) F O’Brien 6 11-10 (CD)......................... P Brennan 117 5 7P7 Envol De La Cour (27) M Scudamore 7 11-8 (D)..........B J Powell 122 6 523 Cremant (38) N Mulholland 7 11-6............................ A Coleman 119 7 6F1 Translink (41) N Mulholland 6 11-3 (CD)...............T Scudamore 118 8 205 Our Rockstar (27) A Ralph 7 10-9..................Mr B Bromley (7) 113 9 95- Russian Service (164) S Drinkwater 9 10-7...........D Burton (5) 126 BETTING: 5-2 Translink, 3 Blue Sans, 4 I’m So Busy, 6 Cremant, 12 Velasco, Steady Away, 16 Our Rockstar, Envol De La Cour, 25 Russian Service. 2020: No corresponding race. FORM GUIDE: TRANSLINK 16-1 Held up towards rear, steady headway chasing leaders after 4 out, going well before next, led 2 out, driven right out, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (5) gd in Aug beating Samba Dancer by 6l, 12 ran. BLUE SANS 9-4fav Chased leader, disputing 2nd from 5th, led before 2 out, stayed on well, won at Worcester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd beating Howdilyoudo by 1 1/4l, 7 ran. I’M SO BUSY 11-4 Tracked leader, left in lead 6th, pushed along and headed before 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 4th of 7, 27l behind Umndeni at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd in Aug. CREMANT 10-3 Held up in last trio, good headway before 4 out, 3rd going well after next, 2nd before 2 out where every chance, ridden and found no extra before the last, weakened into 3rd run-in, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Shinobi at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug. 4.45 CARPETGALLOP.CO.UK HANDICAP HURDLE (4) 2m 4f Winner £3,159 (12 run) SSR 1 443 Demi Sang (73) B Haslam 8 11-12 (BF)..........................A Cawley 106 2 453 Soldier On Parade (33) A Murphy 4 11-12................J Quinlan 118 3 5U1 Instant Replay (26) B Ellison 9 11-11 (C6)...............O Brown (5) — 4 731 The Blame Game (33) J Ewart 7 11-9 (CD2).................B Hughes 117 5 -21 Millie The Minx D Sayer 7 11-9 (C3, D)...............D McMenamin 114 6 421 Countister (13) B Haslam 9 11-7............................ R McLernon 116 7 5P- Arkyn (170) Paul Robson 6 11-6..................................... R Mania — 8 /F- Art Of Diplomacy (311) M & D Easterby 5 11-6.....T Midgley (7) — 9 3P4 Just Call Me Al (28) G Boanas 8 11-5...................Sean Quinlan 122 10 -33 Celestial Sky (13) R Menzies 5 11-3............................H Brooke 113 11 417 Do No Wrong (22) Justin Landy 5 10-13 (BF, CD)...........C Bewley 114 12 37- Adelphi Prince (235) P Kirby 8 10-9..........................T Dowson 116 BETTING: 9-2 Instant Replay, 5 Countister, 6 The Blame Game, 7 Millie The Minx, 8 Demi Sang, Do No Wrong, 10 Art Of Diplomacy, 12 Celestial Sky, Just Call Me Al, 14 Others. 2020: CATHAL’S STAR 7 11 11, Sean Quinlan 8-1 (N Richards), 13 ran. FORM GUIDE: INSTANT REPLAY 11-4 Tracked leader, not fluent 7th, led 13th, ridden after 2 out, narrow advantage last, pushed out, won at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Pardon Me by 1 1/2l, 4 ran. COUNTISTER 3-1fav Chased leader, led before last, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Hey Bob by 8l, 11 ran. THE BLAME GAME 3-1fav Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, pushed along after 3 out, closed to take 2nd when not fluent last, stayed on, led towards finish, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug beating Beach Break by 1 3/4l, 6 ran. MILLIE THE MINX 3-1 Chased leaders, headway to challenge approaching last, led after last, ridden and ran on well flat, won at Cartmel 2m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul beating Maria Magdalena by 4 1/2l, 7 ran. DEMI SANG 9-4fav Held up, headway 7th, not fluent 3 out, ridden to challenge after last, went second 2f out, kept on flat, lost second final strides, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Brotherly Company at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jul. 5.20 RPS248 COMPLIANT CARPETGALLOP.CO.UK OPEN NH FLAT RACE (5) 2m 1f £1,906 (11 run) SSR 1 40- Adelphi Sprite (238) P Kirby 5 10-12............... J Williamson (5) 111 2 Bayraat T Tate 5 10-12................................................. S Bowen — 3 5/3 Freddie’s Frontier (22) M Hammond 5 10-12..........H Brooke 121 4 2- A Different Kind (170) D McCain 4 10-10..................B Hughes — 5 5- Equus Fiskardo (183) D Sayer 4 10-10..................... C O’Farrell — 6 Ernie Bilko L Horsfall 4 10-10................................ H Bannister — 7 Harry D’arc N Richards 4 10-10............................Sean Quinlan — 8 One Year Out Kenny Johnson 4 10-10............Alison Johnson (7) — 9 4 Pavlik (115) Paul Robson 4 10-10................................... R Mania — 10 Star Vantage G Bewley 4 10-10..............................J Bewley (3) — 11 Melvich Bay D Brooke 4 10-3......................................J Garritty — BETTING: 2 Harry D’arc, 9-4 A Different Kind, 4 Freddie’s Frontier, 14 Bayraat, Melvich Bay, 16 Pavlik, 20 Adelphi Sprite, 25 Star Vantage, Ernie Bilko, Equus Fiskardo, 33 One Year Out. 2020: SOCIALIST AGENDA 4 11 8, Adam Wedge 4-5 Fav (L Morgan), 9 ran. 3.58 CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE (DIV 1) (5) 2m 7f Winner £2,342 (10 run) SSR 1 -P8 Ivilnoble (20) D F Davis 8 11-12.................... B Ffrench Davis (3) — 2 383 Chosen Shant (37) I Williams 5 11-11........................C Leonard 105 3 -55 Three Colours Red (67) T Vaughan 9 11-9 (CD3)...J A Anderson (5) 99 4 222 Call His Bluff (41) H Chisman 9 11-5....................... A Cheleda 105 5 5-3 Manintheshadows (27) Jonjo O’Neill 6 11-2.......... C Quinn (3) 104 6 0-7 Mabela (23) J Tickle 7 10-13.......................................Ned Fox (5) 93 7 78- Soloist (209) Alexandra Dunn 5 10-9........................... H Kimber 109 8 723 Dynamic Kate (37) N Mulholland 5 10-4.......................L Stones 105 9 2-4 Teenage Dirtbag (148) C Longsdon 5 10-2 (BF)....Mr Dylan Kitts (10) 114 10 4P4 Stripe Of Honour (20) A Day 8 10-0.............................J Dixon 95 BETTING: 5-2 Call His Bluff, 3 Manintheshadows, 4 Dynamic Kate, 11-2 Chosen Shant, 6 Teenage Dirtbag, 14 Three Colours Red, 25 Ivilnoble, 33 Soloist, Mabela, 66 Stripe Of Honour. 2020: No corresponding race. 4.28 CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE (DIV 2) (5) 2m 7f Winner £2,342 (9 run) SSR 1 /0- Dynali I Williams 5 11-12.............................................C Leonard 65 2 2P- Calarules T Vaughan 8 11-10.......................... J A Anderson (5) 106 3 215 Ballymilan (37) N Mulholland 6 11-8 (BF)................. A Cheleda 107 4 467 Gerboise Borget (27) B Pauling 6 11-3................... N Brennan 97 5 4/4 Outsmartin (45) D Faulkner 9 11-0.......................... C Quinn (3) 51 6 0-7 Istorius (14) V Williams 5 10-9.................................... H Kimber 113 7 155 Witch From Rome (20) S Earle 10 10-5 (CD).... B Ffrench Davis (3) 106 8 -87 Racing Spirit (14) Dave Roberts 9 10-4........................L Stones 83 9 -50 Flying Garry (79) D Rees 6 10-1.................................P Armson 103 BETTING: 3 Dynali, 7-2 Ballymilan, 11-2 Witch From Rome, 6 Calarules, 7 Gerboise Borget, 10 Istorius, 12 Flying Garry, 14 Others. 2020: No corresponding race. 5.00 CAZOO HANDICAP HURDLE (4) 2m Winner £3,159 (11 run) SSR 1 211 Percy’s Word (24) D Skelton 7 11-12 (D)....................H Skelton 122 2 1-5 Ordered Lives (122) F O’Brien 6 11-10 (D2).......... L Harrison (5) 132 3 -28 Chef De Troupe (20) A Forbes 8 11-6 (D4)...........Mr T Durrell (7) 122 4 133 Jamacho (24) C Longsdon 7 11-5 (D5)..................Paul O’Brien (3) 125 5 22/ Dinsdale M Scudamore 8 11-4 (CD)............................... R Patrick — 6 48U Blue Ribbon (73) Dr R Newland 6 11-4 (CD)........... C Hammond 130 7 4-1 Borak (11) D Faulkner 9 11-2 (D4)............................ N Scholfield 124 8 25- Captain Jack (190) S Drinkwater 8 10-10 (BF).............. A Wedge 134 9 211 Ragamuffin (38) N Mulholland 6 10-10 (D3)....S Twiston-Davies 128 10 33 Matewan (68) Suzi Best 6 10-8...............................T Scudamore 133 11 4-6 Falcon Sun (148) M Roberts 7 10-7 (D2).....................T J O’Brien — BETTING: 3 Ragamuffin, 4 Percy’s Word, 7 Borak, Jamacho, 8 Matewan, Captain Jack, 10 Ordered Lives, 12 Blue Ribbon, 14 Others. 2020: No corresponding race. CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS WOLVERHAMPTON TODAY Going: Standard Draw: Little effect. 5.30 FREE REPLAYS ON ATTHERACES.COM HANDICAP (6) 6f Winner £2,700 (12 run) SSR 1 (10) 632 Al Asef (29) Tom Clover 6 10-0 (CD)......................... J Mitchell 71 2 (1) 558 Capla Spirit (44) G Kelleway 4 10-0 (C)....................L Morris 73 3 (7) 435 Michaels Choice (21) W Jarvis 5 10-0 (D3).......K Shoemark — 4 (5) 161 Storm Melody (7) A Stronge 8 10-0 (CD)................ R Havlin 66 5 (6) 897 Jackstar (8) M Loughnane 5 9-12 (C2)...................O Murphy 74 6 (8) 213 Imagine Freedom (20) Joseph Parr 3 9-10 (BF)..... Jane Elliott 67 7 (4) 897 Smart Qibili (10) P McEntee 3 9-5...........Grace McEntee (5) 68 8 (12) 042 Dylan’s Lad (90) S Bowring 4 9-2 (CD).................L Edmunds 72 9 (3) 657 Rainbow Mirage (19) M Rimell 4 9-2 (D2)...........D Probert 66 10 (2) 055 Bare Grils (19) R Harris 3 8-5............................... R Ffrench — 11 (9) 656 Friday (38) L Dace 3 8-5................Alexander Voikhansky (7) 63 12 (11) 800 Northern General (60) Olly Williams 3 8-5.... G Rooke (3) 60 BETTING: 7-2 Imagine Freedom, 4 Storm Melody, 5 Al Asef, 6 Michaels Choice, 8 Dylan’s Lad, 10 Jackstar, 12 Rainbow Mirage, Capla Spirit, 14 Others. 2020: TOMSHALFBROTHER 4 9 4, Oisin Murphy 4-1 (R Cowell), drawn (1), 11 ran. 6.00 FREE TIPS ON ATTHERACES.COM NOVICE STAKES (5) (2-Y-O) 6f Winner £3,510 (13 run) SSR 1 (12) 51 Nomasee (14) I Mohammed 9-6 (CD)..................... R Dawson 64 2 (13) 5 Bounce This Way (50) D M Simcock 9-2.............S Donohoe 51 3 (9) Eagle’s Way Sir M Prescott 9-2.................................L Morris — 4 (7) 5 Eshkaal (21) R Hannon 9-2................................... J Crowley — 5 (1) Fristel M Loughnane 9-2......................................O Murphy — 6 (3) 04 Fruitloop (20) C Cox 9-2....................................... H Crouch 57 7 (8) Gold Medal R Hughes 9-2.......................................W Buick — 8 (5) 30 Never In Fourth (120) R Teal 9-2....................... J Mitchell — 9 (10) 57 Siraju (3) G Boughey 9-2.................................... C Shepherd 53 10 (2) 85 Westmorian (25) G Tuer 9-2....................................... C Lee 60 11 (6) 67 Becoming (25) R Charlton 8-11................................H Doyle — 12 (4) Dutch Lace I Furtado 8-11....................... Elle-May Croot (7) — 13 (11) 7 Fairy Footprints (45) I Furtado 8-11...................K O’Neill — BETTING: 5-2 Nomasee, 5 Westmorian, 6 Gold Medal, 7 Eshkaal, 10 Becoming, Fristel, 12 Fruitloop, 14 Bounce This Way, 16 Others. 2020: No corresponding race. 6.30 SKY SPORTS RACING SKY 415 HANDICAP (4) 7f Winner £4,590 (11 run) SSR 1 (9) 125 Arabic Charm (38) S bin Suroor 4 9-13 (D2)..........O Murphy 87 2 (1) 068 Tintoretto (18) T Ward 6 9-12 (D3)..................T Marquand 89 3 (6) 316 Firepower (10) W Muir & C Grassick 4 9-11 (D).......M Dwyer — 4 (2) 362 Roman Dynasty (67) Joseph Parr 3 9-11 (C)......... J Mitchell — 5 (10) 647 Aljari (25) M Botti 5 9-10 (C, D).................................L Morris 85 6 (7) 264 Eagle Creek (26) W Knight 7 9-7 (D).......................M Ghiani 91 7 (11) 423 Zwelela (25) R Hannon 3 9-6 (CD).......T Hammer Hansen (3) 90 8 (8) 766 One Hart (14) G Tuer 4 9-6 (CD3)...................O Stammers (5) 90 9 (3) 346 Degree (25) Sir M Stoute 3 9-4 (CD)............................W Buick 88 10 (4) 254 Royal Musketeer (31) C Hills 3 9-2.................K Shoemark 83 11 (5) 863 Mashaan (14) R Fahey 3 8-6.................................B McHugh 93 BETTING: 9-2 Roman Dynasty, 5 Degree, 6 Firepower, 7 Arabic Charm, 8 Eagle Creek, Zwelela, 10 Royal Musketeer, 12 One Hart, Tintoretto, Mashaan, 14 Aljari. 2020: No corresponding race. FORM GUIDE: ROMAN DYNASTY 11-4 Tracked winner, challenged from 2f out, ridden over 1f out, found no extra inside final furlong, held, 2nd of 4, nk behind Billhilly at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul. DEGREE 9-2 Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, made no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 8, 6l behind Spirit Of The Bay at Kempton 1m fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol. FIREPOWER 5-1 Led, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4l behind Ivatheengine at Newbury 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd. 7.00 CAZOO NURSERY (6) (2-Y-O) 7f Winner £2,700 (12 run) SSR 1 (8) 496 Heidi High (10) A Watson 9-7...................................H Doyle 35 2 (5) 766 The Embezzler (45) D F Davis 9-7.........................M Dwyer — 3 (12) 575 Kissing (15) K Burke 9-6............................................... C Lee — 4 (1) 755 Bella Rosetta (10) Joseph Parr 9-5..................... J Mitchell 43 5 (6) 689 Angels Tale (7) T Easterby 9-4..................................D Allan 43 6 (10) 099 Albus Anne (57) J Fox 9-3...................................S Hitchcott 29 7 (11) 073 Mythical Star (15) R Hughes 9-0 (BF)....................W Buick 46 8 (3) 994 Indian Guru (15) R Hannon 8-12......T Hammer Hansen (3) 46 9 (7) 700 Homemade Andrea (59) R Eddery 8-11..............D Keenan — 10 (2) 753 Petal Power (6) M Channon 8-9..........................O Murphy 46 11 (9) 760 Pretty Mahra (10) R Brotherton 8-8...................Doubtful — 12 (4) 098 Honeywell (11) R Harris 8-6................................ R Ffrench 27 BETTING: 11-4 Mythical Star, 4 Indian Guru, 9-2 Petal Power, 7 Kissing, 8 Heidi High, 10 Bella Rosetta, 12 The Embezzler, 16 Angels Tale, Homemade Andrea, 33 Others. 2020: EMULATE ROSE 9 4, David Probert 25-1 (L McJannet), drawn (9), 11 ran. 7.30 CAZOO HANDICAP (5) 1m 1f Winner £3,240 (13 run) SSR 1 (6) 431 Castle Quarter (39) M Appleby 5 9-11 (CD).........T Ladd (3) 73 2 (4) 561 Eevilynn Drew (19) R Eddery 4 9-10.....................M Ghiani 73 3 (9) 552 Trevolli (14) P Kirby 3 9-10.....................................W Buick 75 4 (5) 416 My Brother Mike (29) J Stimpson 7 9-10 (CD).....D Costello 74 5 (12) 413 Dreamseller (20) T Easterby 5 9-10 (CD)..................D Allan — 6 (7) 036 Ricksen (47) M Loughnane 4 9-8...........................D Probert 73 7 (11) 614 Dark Esteem (24) R Teal 3 9-7 (BF, CD)................... J Mitchell 74 8 (1) 613 Act Naturally (29) S P C Woods 3 9-6..............T Marquand 72 9 (2) 653 No Day Never (16) J Osborne 3 9-6...................S Osborne (5) 65 10 (13) 635 Assembled (25) M Bosley 5 9-4............................... R Havlin 71 11 (3) 042 Publicist (34) J Tate 3 9-3.....................................O Murphy 72 12 (8) 712 Cliffcake (58) S Bowring 3 9-2 (BF).....................L Edmunds 66 13 (10) 283 Headora (8) J Portman 3 9-2 (BF)........................... H Crouch 75 BETTING: 9-2 Eevilynn Drew, 6 Castle Quarter, 7 Headora, Dreamseller, 8 Publicist, 10 Dark Esteem, Cliffcake, Act Naturally, 12 Others. 2020: TORONADO QUEEN 4 9 12, Saffie Osborne(7) 15-8 Fav (R Fahey), drawn (7), 13 ran. 8.00 ON ATTHERACES.COM HANDICAP (4) 1m 1f 104yds Winner £4,590 (7 run) SSR 1 (6) 353 Fierospeed (26) R Hannon 4 9-12 (CD).. T Hammer Hansen (3) 84 2 (7) 962 Angel On High (20) H Dunlop 4 9-12.......................L Morris 84 3 (3) 688 Psyche (21) C Gordon 4 9-7...................................T P Queally — 4 (5) 293 Sir Edward Elgar (19) J & T Gosden 3 9-6............ R Havlin 82 5 (2) 221 Pretty Sweet (16) G Boughey 3 9-6.................T Marquand — 6 (1) 118 Arcadian Nights (13) M Channon 3 9-5 (CD2).. David Egan 83 7 (4) 884 Florence Street (16) A Balding 3 8-9.................O Murphy — BETTING: 7-4 Pretty Sweet, 9-2 Sir Edward Elgar, 5 Florence Street, 6 Angel On High, 7 Fierospeed, 8 Arcadian Nights, 16 Psyche. 2020: MAIDEN CASTLE 4 9 3, David Probert 12-1 (H Candy), drawn (6), 13 ran. 8.30 FOLLOW ATTHERACES ON TWITTER FILLIES’ HAND- ICAP (5) 6f Winner £3,240 (11 run) SSR 1 (5) 421 Aramis Grey (17) R Guest 4 10-0 (D3)................ C Shepherd 79 2 (8) 133 Verreaux Eagle (10) E Dunlop 3 9-12 (CD)..............W Buick 80 3 (3) 714 Shining Success (17) D M Simcock 3 9-10 (D2)....... N Callan 81 4 (1) -73 Ghaaliya (25) C Banham 3 9-7 (D)............................J Haynes 80 5 (2) -75 Perfect Match (21) W Muir & C Grassick 3 9-7..T Marquand — 6 (10) 743 Join Forces (41) J Tate 3 9-5.................................O Murphy 85 7 (7) 134 Annie Rose (10) T D Barron 3 9-3 (CD2).....................H Doyle 78 8 (9) 249 Liberty Bay (13) M Usher 3 9-2 (D)....................... C Bennett 81 9 (6) 777 Dacesa (10) P Evans 3 9-1.............................................. C Lee 82 10 (11) 376 Come On Girl (22) M Appleby 4 8-12 (D3)...............Doubtful 86 11 (4) 318 Celerity (43) L Williamson 7 8-7 (D).........Erika Parkinson (7) 64 BETTING: 11-4 Aramis Grey, 9-2 Verreaux Eagle, 5 Ghaaliya, Shining Success, 7 Join Forces, 10 Annie Rose, 16 Perfect Match, Liberty Bay, 20 Others. 2020: ANNA OF LORRAINE 4 8 12, William Buick 15-8 (Sir M Stoute), drawn (8), 9 ran. Imagine Freedom 5.30 Al Asef Gold Medal 6.00 Westmorian Zwelela 6.30 Firepower Mythical Star 7.00 Mythical Star Publicist 7.30 Eevilynn Drew Pretty Sweet 8.00 Sir Edward Elgar Join Forces 8.30 Verreaux Eagle CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS

32 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live Lichfield celebrate their promotion to the Birmingham & District Premier League Sport Tail of unexpected as Lichfield join the elite CLUB CRICKET By PAUL SMITH LICHFIELD will be part of Midlands cricket’s elite next season after finishing top of the Birmingham & District Premier League’s play-off competition. They clinched promotion with a 51-run success over Stourbridge in a tense, winner-takes-all contest which changed course dramatically midmatch. When the hosts were 46 for seven, the Worcestershire League champions looked certain to be part of next year’s regional competition. Dan Such (4-23) had caused plenty of early problems, but then frustration grew among the visiting bowlers and fielders as Lichfield’s tail proved extremely difficult to dislodge. Eighth-wicket pair Tom Stone (17) and Callum Heaney (27) added 42 before a remarkable last-wicket stand of 46, in which Joe Seagar top-scored from No.10 with a 32-ball 38, sent the hosts into tea with the momentum. Dominic O’Reilly took two for 43 and Jitesh Jivan-Patel two for 38 for Stourbridge whose top-order batting soon found life equally difficult against the new ball. After slipping to 36 for five, the visitors’ chances hung on Josh Banks, but following the dismissal of Seth Rogerson (16), wickets crashed around Stour’s skipper, who was eventually last out for a battling 32. Lichfield’s former West Bromwich Dartmouth and Moseley seamer, Brinder Phagura, followed up last week’s seven-wicket haul against Stratford by grabbing four for 28, while Riley Ward claimed three for 13 and Stone two for 13. The Staffordshire champions will be joined among the Midlands’ top 24 clubs by Shropshire League winners Worfield. The Bridgnorth-based outfit ended Warwickshire League winners Stratford’s slim hopes of clinching the second spot by claiming an emphatic eight-wicket win on the banks of the Avon. The home side slipped to 35 for three against the new ball, after which only fourth-wicket pair Nick Pepper (30) and Josh Hickman (17) briefly stemmed Worfield’s charge. But after both fell in quick succession to Matthew Rees (four for 38), only Josh Colwell (20) made much headway against Ryan Quiney (three for 31) and Will Weir (two for 14). This left the visitors chasing 117 – a target they passed in 20 overs. Inform Basit Zaman led the way with a 41-ball unbeaten 51, containing four boundaries and three sixes, while opener Ben Hudson took an equally aggressive approach in making a 49-ball 54. racing rESULTS TODAY’S RACECARDS: PAGE 31 BATH Going: Good to firm 1.50 (6f, £3,240): 1, SUANNI (D Probert) 15-2; 2, Blue- bell Way 17-2; 3, Bicep 5-1 Fav. 11 ran. 2½l, 1¼l. (Darryll Holland). Tote: Win £7.10; Pl £2.20, £2.80, £2.20. Exacta: £69.70. Tricast: £261.43. Trifecta: £465.80. CSF: £56.10. NR: Goldenhurst, Kensington Agent. Kensington Agent| Rule 4 applies to All Bets, deduct 10p in the pound. 2.25 (1m, £7,560): 1, SHEER ROCKS (C Bishop) 4-1; 2, Firth Of Clyde 8-13 Fav; 3, Speycaster 22-1. 8 ran. ¾l, ½l. (E J-Houghton). Tote: Win £4.90; Pl £1.50, £1.02, £2.90. Exacta: £8.30. Trifecta: £42.10. CSF: £6.88. 2.55 (1m 2f, £3,240): 1, WHOLELOTAFUN (J F Egan) 11-2; 2, Carp Kid 7-2 Fav; 3, Plansina 7-1. 8 ran. nk, 1l. (J S Moore). Tote: Win £5.80; Pl £2.10, £1.90, £1.50. Exacta: £27.40. Tricast: £135.87. Trifecta: £152.20. CSF: £25.08. 3.30 (5f, £2,700): 1, SNOW BERRY (O Murphy) 9-2; 2, Coronation Cottage 6-1; 3, Kodi Gold 9-4 Fav. 7 ran. 1¼l, ½l. (M Appleby). Tote: Win £4.20; Pl £2.50, £3.00. Exacta: £23.10. Tricast: £74.95. Trifecta: £99.20. CSF: £30.54. NR: Shani. 4.00 (1m, £2,700): 1, MABO (Rossa Ryan) 12-1; 2, Weight watcher Horses which have dropped most from previous winning handicap marks in the last two years. AYR: 1.35 Chookie Dunedin (won off 76 down 3lb to 73); After John (4lb); Big Les (4lb); 2.45 How Bizarre Kenstone 13-2; 3, Apache Jewel 20-1. Also: 2-1 Fav Mostallim. 11 ran. 3¾l, ½l. (G Harris). Tote: Win £13.50; Pl £3.30, £2.20, £3.80. Exacta: £106.20. Tricast: £1600.36. Trifecta: £1030.50. CSF: £86.15. NR: Point Louise. 4.30 (1m, £2,700): 1, BLUE HERO (T Heard) 9-2; 2, Zefferino 3-1 Fav; 3, Bearwith 6-1. 10 ran. 3¼l, 3¼l. (A statistics (8lb); King Of Tonga (17lb); 3.20 Hajjam (6lb); True Blue Moon (6lb); 4.20 Socially Shady (4lb); Arch Moon (6lb). SEDGEFIELD: None. WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.30 Capla Spirit Poly Track (won off 70 down 3lb to 67); Jackstar (14lb); 6.30 Aljari (9lb). WORCESTER: 3.58 Mabela (won off 107 down 20lb to 87); 5.00 Jamacho (10lb). Hot trainers (Most wins last 14 days) M Johnston 18; T Easterby 15; G Elliott 11; D O’Meara 10; K Burke 9; J & T Gosden 9; R Fahey 7; K Ryan 7; R Charlton 7; R Hannon 7; M Dods 6; M Appleby 6; A Balding 6; R Fell 6; Sir M Prescott 5; C Cox 5. Hot Jockeys (Most wins last 14 days) William Buick 13; Paul Mulrennan 12; Oisin Murphy 12; David Allan 10; Joe Fanning 9; Hollie Doyle 9; Ben Curtis 7; Tom Marquand 6; Saffie Osborne 6; Joanna Mason 5; Jason Hart 5; Kevin Stott 5; Daniel Tudhope 5; Robert Havlin 5; Sean Bowen 5. Wintle). Tote: Win £5.30; Pl £1.90, £1.50, £2.10. Exacta: £20.40. Tricast: £84.44. Trifecta: £128.20. CSF: £18.65. NR: Kodiellen. 5.00 (6f, £4,590): 1, RUBY COTTAGE (R Tate) 4-1; 2, Sarah’s Verse 7-1; 3, Red Alert 7-1. Also: 7-4 Fav Ancient Times. 7 ran. 1¾l, 1¼l. (M Saunders). Tote: Win £4.60; Pl £2.10, £3.80. Exacta: £28.00. Tricast: £189.26. Trifecta: £145.70. CSF: £31.65. NR: Eye Of Heaven, Vandad. 5.35 (1m 5f, £2,700): 1, TEMUR KHAN (Mollie Phillips) 28-1; 2, Master Grey 7-1; 3, Lady Elysia 4-1 Fav. 12 ran. hd, 1¼l. (A Carroll). Tote: Win £20.40; Pl £4.40, £2.30, £2.10. Exacta: £241.30. Tricast: £968.66. Trifecta: £2349.40. CSF: £210.39. NR: Sassy Go Lucky. PLACEPOT: Dividend: £157.30. HAMILTON Abandoned due to waterlogged track NEWTON ABBOT Going: Good to soft 1.00 (2m 2f 110yds, £2,723): 1, ARTY CAMPBELL (R Williams) 11-1; 2, Masterdream 9-2 Fav; 3, Bullion 8-1. 14 ran. ½l, 3¾l. (B J Llewellyn). Tote: Win £12.90; Pl £3.60, £2.40, £3.30. Exacta: £86.20. Tricast: £430.71. Trifecta: £930.20. CSF: £60.10. 1.30 (2m 1f, £4,084): 1, FLAMMARION (T Scudamore) 4-1; 2, Loved Out 11-8 JtFav; 3, Wise Glory 11-8 JtFav. 6 ran. 2¾l, 7½l. (D Pipe). Tote: Win £4.70; Pl £2.10, £1.10. Exacta: £10.50. Trifecta: £17.80. CSF: £9.95. 2.05 (2m 6f, £4,084): 1, FIFRELET (L Harrison) 4-9 Fav; 2, Bari Breeze 2-1; 3, Spiritus Mundi 25-1. 3 ran. 9l, 27l. (I Williams). Tote: Win £1.40; Exacta: £1.40. Trifecta: £2.00. CSF: £1.69. 2.37 (2m 6f, £3,159): 1, MONTYS MEDOC (H Cobden) 3-1; 2, Mr Tambourine Man 7-2; 3, Docpickedme 13-8 Fav. 6 ran. 1¾l, 7l. (P Nicholls). Tote: Win £3.20; Pl £1.90, £1.90. Exacta: £11.70. Trifecta: £28.80. CSF: £13.46. NR: Faint Hope. 3.10 (3m 2f 105yds, £2,723): 1, ESPINATOR (K Brogan) 7-4 Fav; 2, Master Tradesman 10-1; 3, Alkademon 66-1. 10 ran. 8½l, 16l. (A Wintle). Tote: Win £2.50; Pl £1.30, £2.70, £14.80. Exacta: £18.20. Tricast: £845.41. Trifecta: £395.20. CSF: £20.14. NR: Achy Breaky Heart. 3.42 (2m 5f, £7,080): 1, SHANG TANG (T Bellamy) 5-2; 2, Hooper evens Fav; 3, Ruthless Article 15-2. 4 ran. 2l, ¾l. (E Lavelle). Tote: Win £3.20; Exacta: £5.30. Trifecta: £11.20. CSF: £5.42. 4.12 (2m, £5,882): 1, MICK PASTOR (H Cobden) 13-8 Fav; 2, Dino Velvet 9-4; 3, Tikkinthebox 17-2. 4 ran. 5½l, 15l. (P Nicholls). Tote: Win £2.20; Exacta: £4.40. Trifecta: £8.30. CSF: £5.67. PLACEPOT: Dividend: £90.80. SORRY! The results from Newcastle were too late for publication GoLf Heart in the right place for Padraig By CARL MARKHAM DEFEATED European captain Padraig Harrington insists the future remains bright, despite their record Ryder Cup loss to the United States at Whistling Straits. A home team boasting 10 of the world’s top 13 players raced to a 19-9 victory – the biggest winning margin in the modern era – having dominated from the first day. It was seen as a changing of the guard for the USA team, for whom Dustin Johnson was the oldest player at 37 and which had an average age of 29, Padraig Harrington compared to their opponents’ 34. The 43rd Ryder Cup will most probably prove the final fling as players for European veterans like Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, but Harrington believes the next generation can flourish in a team built around the likes of world number one Jon Rahm (26), Rory McIlroy (32), Shane Lowry (34) and rookie Viktor Hovland (24). “Look, there are young guys in this team that will be the heart of the team going forward,” said the Irishman. “Jon Rahm, clearly. Viktor. These are young guys that will be there for a long time. “But there’s a good heart to the team. Everybody keeps going on about the experienced guys but there is a really solid heart on this team of players who are still coming into the peak of their careers. “There are a lot of guys in the middle of their career now who should be moving on in their golf. They certainly haven’t peaked yet. “Yes, we would look to young guys coming in over the future but the heart of this team will be here for a few more years, for sure. They haven’t got to their peaks yet, so we should see some strength going forward. “We’ll draw lessons from this week but most of these guys were winning in Paris (in 2018), so there’s still quite a winning mentality there going forward.”

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 33 GARY NEWBON Bears triumph in glorious weekend of wins in region The West Midlands enjoyed some great results over the weekend. Warwickshire won the County Championship with a thrilling last-session victory at edgbaston; Aston Villa inflicted Manchester United’s first Premier League defeat with a late 1-0 winner at Old Trafford; Raul Jimenez scored at last in Wolves’ second win of the season at Southampton on Sunday; West Bromwich Albion’s 2-1 home win put them second in the Championship while Coventry City continued their amazing season moving into third place after five home wins in five games! And on top of that Wasps got off to an outstanding start in rugby’s Premiership with a 44-8 win at the Coventry Building Society Arena. All good news for the region. Villa’s signings are taking effect. Jack Grealish was a huge loss but there are sound replacements and the side is bedding in. That was a big statement by Dean Smith’s team on Saturday (despite having to survive a missed late penalty) and this followed the 3-0 home win against everton. Villa are four points off the top. Albion and Coventry both returned to winning ways with home games on Friday night. Only Bournemouth top them by two points . It’s a tough week ahead – the Baggies are at Cardiff tonight followed by in-form Stoke away on Friday (7.45pm on Sky). The Sky Blues are away to Luton tomorrow night before hosting promotion-fancied Fulham at 12.30pm on Saturday (also on Sky). Coventry are the surprise package at present benefiting from confidence and the passionate, large crowds (20,652 attended Friday) on Cricket’s County Championship is always the important bread and butter of the sport, even if it is not the crowd puller. their return to the CBS Arena. There is one vital ingredient missing from last season – a consistent goalscorer. Striker Viktor Gyokeres’ two goals on Friday took his tally so far this season to seven goals, plus two assists in nine games – five goals in his last four games. It’s a tough division but what a start for the Sky Blues. Cricket’s County Championship is always the important bread and butter of the sport, even if it is not the crowd puller. It was a tight finish between Warwickshire and Lancashire. The latter won a nail-biting match on Thursday to go top of the table for 24 hours. edgbaston witnessed a great last session on the last day of the last match Warwickshire skipper Will Rhodes lifts the County Championship trophy at edgbaston Villa boss Dean Smith – the Bears beating Somerset by 118 runs to lift their first title for nine years. A brilliant result, in particular for director of cricket Paul Farbrace, who has rebuilt the playing side since he joined two years ago. he took the tough decision to replace the former captain Jim Troughton in his role as head coach with Mark Robinson, who won two Championship titles with Sussex and then guided the england women’s team to the World Cup four years ago. Among the excellent new signings was the veteran Tim Bresnan, who has proved a big success, while the outstanding england all-rounder Chris Woakes, from Sutton Coldfield, returned from injury and international duty to play his part in the climax. I stayed in on Saturday to watch Wasps on TV win their opening game 44-8 over the Bristol Bears at the Coventry Arena. It was a brilliant performance with two debutants scoring three of the tries between them – Ali Crossdale with two and substitute Dan Frost also touching down. Wasps scored six tries in all – the last two in the final minute after the Dig deep for Hill’s memory The late Jimmy hill was the football man of many parts, including the ‘modern’ Coventry City. The Sky Blues’ home match with Fulham on Saturday lunchtime will be celebrating Jimmy hill Day. That day is normally in December (the month the former chairman passed away) but because of Jimmy’s long playing career with Fulham the Sky Blues chief executive Dave Boddy has brought it forward with the Sky Blues donating £1 to the Jimmy hill Legacy Fund for every matchday ticket sold. There will also be a bucket collection. Another former Sky Blues chairman who Jimmy hill chairs the charity is Joe elliott. he explains that appropriately the fund supports local youngsters to buy sports equipment they cannot afford. Also during the pandemic the fund supported RISe (the children’s mental health charity) which is run by NhS nurses and the Moat house Community Trust at the henley Green food bank. Well done Joe, David Boddy and owner Joy Seppala. I hope Sky Blues fans give generously. n I am back in the Sunday Mercury this week. Please join me then. captain Brad Shield had been redcarded 12 minutes from time for his second yellow. Wasps defended aggressively in an outstanding performance. They must be lifted by a new state-of-the-art training ground for these full-time professionals at a £4 million, 13-acre site at henley in Arden, plus the new signing of players and coaching staff – the latter including a recent england assistant coach and former All Blacks head coach John Mitchell. The Wasps head coach Lee Blackett was well pleased. On to Newcastle next this Saturday. KEEP AN EYE ON OUR SOCIAL CHANNELS UTILITA ARENA BIRMINGHAM

34 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live Sport Bears skipper Will Rhodes shows off the Country Championship trophy at Edgbaston Robbo: Unique triumph just the start for Bears cRIcket By BRIAN HALfoRd WARWICKSHIRE will face Lancashire in the Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s today eager to complete a double after their brilliant lifting of the LV= Insurance County Championship. The stunning lastday denouement against Somerset at Edgbaston last Friday triggered celebrations from Bears’ fans around the world. It was a truly memorable Briggs: We’re focused on double delight DANNY Briggs insists Warwickshire are on another silverware mission and there will be no resting on laurels in London over the next five days. There is a real determination to make the 2021 championship triumph just the start for this squad and, first up, is the quest to secure the trophy named after Bears and England legend ‘Big Bob.’ “It’s always nice to play at Lord’s and it’s great to be there this week playing for another trophy,” said Briggs. Robinson has known plenty of success in his career but admits this triumph was unique for him – and is determined to make it just the start of the success for a squad who can grow and build together. “I’ve been in the game a long time and won the championship, once as assistant coach and twice as head coach, but last Friday was a unique day for me,” he said. “To do it in that way, to have to judge the declaration and then take ten wickets quite quickly and to Mark Robinson clinch it after tea on the last climax to a superb red-ball season, which culminated in county day, that was very special. “It is a fantastic achievement by cricket’s most prestigious prize coming everybody. The players have to Edgbaston in Mark Robinson’s first year as first-team coach. responded to what I have asked them to do, we have got a great back-up “For us to travel down there as champions is an amazing feeling. We will go down there on a high but still very focused on the game in front of us and do our best to bring some more silverware back to Edgbaston. “Lancashire are a strong side so we know it will be a very competitive game. Our game with them at Old Trafford turned into a bit of a stalemate because of the pitch but Lord’s tends to have result wickets so we are all looking forward to a good staff and I am pleased for everybody connected with the club. “How great are the supporters! What a special atmosphere that was on Friday with everybody getting behind the bowlers. It was one of those days that players, coaches and supporters will talk about for a long time. “Everybody has been outstanding. The players have shown a lot of character and resilience this year and there is a lot more to come – and that’s what is really exciting.” First up comes a five-day final for the Bob Willis Trophy and Robinson, though no stranger to Lord’s or to success, will savour this week and the It is a fantastic achievement by everybody. The players have responded to what I have asked them to do. Mark Robinson game and hopefully another Bears win.” Briggs will be a key player as he has been throughout his first season with the Warwickshire, averaging 27.40 with the bat, 22.13 with the ball and making key contributions to vital wins in both departments. The 30-year-old could not have settled more quickly with the Bears following his move from Sussex. “From the first moment at Warwickshire, I have felt backed and that is so important,” he said. special feel of the historic venue as deeply as ever. “I had a year out of county cricket, which was good for me, but then Covid hits and you wonder, ‘crikey are you going to get back in?’” he said. “Then I got this wonderful opportunity at Warwickshire and now we have a showpiece match at Lord’s. You never take these special games for granted because you don’t know when the next one will be. “Everybody has celebrated well and rightly so but now we will go to Lord’s for a showcase game at the home of cricket and try to play some cricket that will grace the occasion.” Warwickshire’s Danny Briggs cRIcket Mo makes exit from Test arena By dAVId cHARLeSWoRtH ENGLAND all-rounder Moeen Ali has announced his retirement from Test cricket after being unable to “get in the zone” during this summer’s series against India. Moeen, who amassed five hundreds in compiling 2,914 runs and took 195 wickets with his off-spin in 64 Tests since making his debut against Sri Lanka in the summer of 2014, now intends to concentrate on his whiteball career. The 34-year-old has had a Moeen Ali rollercoaster journey in the longest format over the last couple of years but was named vice-captain for what would prove the final Test of his career, having been recalled for the previous match. But Moeen, a 2015 Ashes winner who famously took a hat-trick against South Africa in 2017, found himself struggling to focus fully against India, despite repeated efforts to do so, and knew then his time at Test level was at an end. “It’s been a good journey but during the India series I felt like I was done, to be honest,’’ he said. “I felt good, the atmosphere felt good, the dressing room, etc, but cricketing-wise, I found it a struggle to get in the zone bowling and batting and in the field. And the more I tried, I just couldn’t do it. “I was thinking about the Ashes (this winter) and how I would love to have gone back and done well there. “But it’s such a long trip if I’m not ‘in it’. And if I felt like I did against India when I was out there, then I would probably retire after one match. So it’s done.” Moeen was first drafted into the team as a number six batter who could turn his arm over and he underlined his promise with an unbeaten 108 in his second Test. But he was shunted up and down the order with abandon once Ben Stokes took the number six role in 2015, batting more than one innings in every spot from one to nine over his career.

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36 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live Football Pressure is finally off Raul – and Sa back in good books By ALEX DICKEN WOLVES returned to winning ways as Raul Jimenez ended his 11-month wait for a Premier League goal. The Mexican’s stylish second-half strike was enough to beat Southampton at St Mary’s and seal Wolves’ second league win of the season. It was far from the entertaining, swashbuckling, attacking approach we have come to expect from Wolves under Bruno Lage, but a more reserved performance yielded three important points. Here are our findings from Sunday’s hard-fought win on the south coast. n A hugely important goal Jimenez’s strike was vitally important for the striker. Scoring a tap-in during a pre-season friendly at Stoke is a world away from busting a net in the Premier League. Lage has been trying to take the pressure off Jimenez, but that’s easier said than done when the team isn’t scoring. There’s no doubt the player has been feeling that pressure and, after such a long period of time on the sidelines with a serious injury, doubts will have inevitably started to creep into his head. Any worries Jimenez had disappeared after an hour, though. Nobody expected much when he chased down Saints’ defender Jan Bednarek in pursuit of Jose Sa’s long punt forward, but Wolves’ number nine conjured a goal out of nothing. The way he fended off Bednarek before coolly sitting down Mohammed Salisu and slotting home was reminiscent of Jimenez pre-injury. He oozed confidence and not for one second did anyone inside St Mary’s believe there was any other outcome than a goal once he had set himself. In a team where Jimenez will He oozed confidence and not for one second did anyone inside St Mary’s believe there was any other outcome than a goal once he had set himself. always be the main source of goals, the importance of getting off the mark and banishing those last remaining demons cannot be underestimated. n Why Sa ‘upset’ Lage In his post-match press conference, Lage offered great insight into his tactics and revealed why Joao Moutinho was key to the way Wolves played at St Mary’s. He also explained how goalkeeper Sa managed to ‘upset’ him by continuously playing long balls in the direction of 5ft 5in Daniel Podence in the opening 15 minutes. Once Sa felt Lage’s wrath and punted passes towards Jimenez, Wolves reaped the rewards. It was a long kick forward that Jimenez latched onto for the winner, demonstrating the quality of the keeper’s distribution in comparison to his predecessor Rui Patricio. In addition to his assist for Jimenez, Sa made some excellent saves to keep Wolves’ goalkeeper Jose Sa saves at the feet of Che Adams ANALYSIS Raul Jimenez roars with delight after scoring Wolves’ winner at Southampton the hosts at bay in the opening minutes of the second half. A double stop from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Che Adams delighted Lage, whose decision to pursue Sa as Patricio’s replacement looks a shrewd one. n Lage is adapting his tactics The head coach often speaks about tailoring his tactics to suit the opponent and Wolves most certainly did that for Southampton. “We saw what Southampton did against Man City and against Newcastle, they are a good team,” Lage said. When you play against this team they have the ball and they come with a big intensity to press high.” Wolves nullified the hosts by sitting deeper and not pressing high in the way they have in all of their previous matches this season. It wasn’t pretty to watch at times and there were some moans and groans in the first half, but if the occasional drab performance yields three points to supplement Bruno-Ball, the boss will receive very few complaints. n Back to Molineux... Wolves will be expected to earn another three points when Newcastle arrive in the Black Country on Saturday. The Magpies haven’t won in six and are facing up to a relegation battle under Steve Bruce, whose popularity among supporters has sunk to new depths in recent weeks. Wolves will have most of the ball and Newcastle’s plan will almost certainly be to sit deep and counterattack. After two consecutive away wins, Wolves need to thrive on their favourites’ tag and find the winning formula on home soil. Football I’m feeling fan-tastic – Jimenez RAUL Jimenez is targeting a return to his prolific best. The Mexico international struck 44 times in all competitions across his first two seasons at Molinuex and had scored on four occasions last term before his sickening injury at the Emirates Stadium. “Of course, I have been looking for this goal since the start of the Premier League and now I feel really good – it feels fantastic to be back on the scoresheet,” said Jimenez. “It means a lot; a lot of hard work during this nine months. I have to keep working like this, I have to be focused on what I want. “I wanted this and I wanted to finish the puzzle. Now I am going to keep working to continue with this, keep scoring and helping the team to have more points.” Jimenez’s moment of magic at St Mary’s came in front of a packed away end and he was eager to acknowledge the support of Wolves’ fans during his lengthy enforced absence. “Since the first minute the accident happened, they were there,” he said. “I received a lot of support from them and it doesn’t matter if we lose or we win, they’re going to be with us in every moment. “We’re working hard together in the pitch and they are feeling happy with us.” fIXtuREs FOOTBALL (7.45 unless stated) UEFA Champions League, Group A: PSG v Man City (8.00), RB Leipzig v Club Brugge (8.00) Group B: AC Milan v Atletico Madrid (8.00), FC Porto v Liverpool (8.00) Group C: Ajax v Besiktas (5.45), Borussia Dortmund v Sporting (8.00) Group D: Real Madrid v Sheriff (8.00), Shakhtar Donetsk v Inter Milan (5.45) Championship: Cardiff v West Brom, Huddersfield v Blackburn, Hull v Blackpool, Middlesbrough v Sheff Utd, Preston North End v Stoke, QPR v Birmingham League One: Burton Albion v Portsmouth, Cambridge Utd v Gillingham, Charlton v Bolton, Ipswich v Doncaster, MK Dons v Fleetwood Town, Morecambe v Lincoln City, Oxford Utd v Accrington Stanley, Plymouth v Crewe, Rotherham v AFC Wimbledon, Shrewsbury v Wycombe, Sunderland v Cheltenham, Wigan v Sheff Wed Papa John’s Trophy: Carlisle v Everton U21 (7.00), Oldham v Leeds U21 (7.00), Colchester v West Ham U21 (7.30), Forest Green v Brighton U21 (7.00) Vanarama Premier: Bromley v Grimsby, Woking v Chesterfield, Altrincham v King’s Lynn Town Vanarama North: York City v Hereford. Southern League, Premier Central: AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Royston Town; Alvechurch v Stratford Town; Banbury United v Biggleswade Town; Bromsgrove Sporting v Hednesford Town; Leiston v Needham Market; Nuneaton Borough v Peterborough Sports; St Ives Town v Barwell; Tamworth v Hitchin Town. Northern Premier League, Premier Division: Atherton Collieries v Ashton United; FC United of Manchester v Scarborough Athletic; Gainsborough Trinity v Buxton; Grantham Town v Nantwich Town; Hyde United v Morpeth Town; Mickleover v Bamber Bridge; Radcliffe v Matlock Town; South Shields v Lancaster City; Stafford Rangers v Witton Albion; Warrington Town v Basford United; Whitby Town v Stalybridge Celtic. Midlands: Belper Town v Sporting Khalsa; Daventry Town v Shepshed Dynamo; Stamford v Halesowen Town; Wisbech Town v Loughborough Dynamo. Midland League, Premier Division: Bewdley Town v Lichfield City; Wolverhampton Casuals v Stone Old Alleynians. Division One: Ashby Ivanhoe v Dudley Town; Khalsa Football Federation v Stapenhill; OJM Black Country v Cradley Town. CRICKET Bob Willis Trophy Final (First day of five: 10.30am) Lord’s: Warwickshire v Lancashire

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 37 CARDIFF v ALBION CARDIFF CITy STADIuM, TONIGHT, 7.45PM Valerien Ismael wants the Albion supporters to trust in his decision-making Val: We’re on a winner if we all stick together Football Zohore still in picture says Ismael KENNETH Zohore remains in the thoughts of boss Valerien Ismael, who revealed the striker has been missing recently with injury. Zohore’s cameo in the 3-2 win over Luton at the beginning of the season was heavily criticised and, bar an outing in a much-changed side in the Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal, the Dane hasn’t been seen since. With Karlan Grant, Callum Robinson and Matt Phillips all options for Ismael in the frontline, plus the addition of target man Jordan Hugill which has added an extra physical edge to the attack, Zohore would appear to be a long way off the first team. But Ismael revealed Zohore has been dealing with an injury By josepH cHApMAN VALERIEN Ismael is used to winning. As a player, he won the German title with Werder Bremen. He then shared a dressing room with Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery and Toni Kroos at Bayern Munich during a period where they won the Bundesligae. In both instances, domestic cups were clinched, too. Prior to that, in his native France, Ismael won cups at home and in Europe with Strasbourg and Lens respectively. He moved onto the touchline upon hanging up his boots and boasts strong win percentage rates at Wolfsburg, LASK and, most recently, Barnsley. His first nine Championship Matt Clarke is back in full training matches in charge of West Brom have returned 19 points and include zero defeats as they head to Cardiff tonight. Despite the boos at The Hawthorns, at half-time and upon Ismael’s second-half substitutions prior to Albion seeing off Queens Park Rangers with a couple of late goals from Karlan Grant on Friday night, the Albion head coach has urged supporters to stick by the players. He wants everyone connected with the club singing from the same hymn sheet and for supporters to trust in his decision–making. It has worked Boss delivers an upbeat fitness bulletin WEST Brom head coach Valerien Ismael is almost at full strength ahead of the Baggies’ double-header on the road before the forthcoming international break. Ismael handed a debut to Kean Bryan in Friday night’s win over QPR, when he replaced match-winner Karlan Grant in the closing stages of the game, and the defender continues to slowly build his match fitness up with the plan being for him to continue to be drip-fed competitive When everyone is on the same page it will work, we will reach what we want because we have the quality, we have the mentality. Valerien Ismael thus far, you need only look at the string of results the Baggies have accrued. “The only thing I can tell you is that I won trophies in my career as a player,” said Ismael. “Last season at Barnsley we reached the play-offs. “When everyone is on the same page it will work, we will reach what we want, for sure, because we have the quality, we have the mentality. Otherwise, it will be difficult, it’s as simple as that, but at the minute, with the staff, inside the club we are fine. I think we are on track. We are doing the right things. minutes. Elsewhere, Matt Clarke, Kenneth Zohore and Rayhaan Tulloch are all back in full training and will continue to be assessed ahead of the trip to Cardiff this evening. Beyond that, only long-term absentee Dara O’Shea is missing. “Kean played 45 minutes last week, he was really good, fitness-wise,” said Ismael. “Now the feeling was he is ready to help and, for sure, 90 minutes will be difficult, but for 10, 15, 20, 30 minutes it won’t be a problem. “This is the Championship. It’s a tough league and you need to make sure you get the points with consistency. For sure, we wanted more points against Derby, Millwall and Preston, but sometimes you need to accept you have to work to find a solution. “As I’ve said before, it was easier for us to work with one week with the guys, and it will help us now. We have less time to work with the players (this week) but we have the clips we have the work you need. “I think we are moving forward. We are on track. At the minute I only see positive things. Some players have come back. We don’t have all the players on the level we want but it’s coming. We are in good shape, we are in a good position and now it’s all about continuing to stay that way.” We have one player more in our squad, as I say. “We have some players missing still, but they are getting better and better; Rayhaan is back in training, Ken is back in training, Matty Clarke is now in full training with the team – it’s just the right time now, when is the right time, he needs to get that feeling too. “If we have the possibility he can play earlier we will, but we need that feeling that we had with Kean Bryan.” Kenneth Zohore suffered injury setback in recent weeks, and when he is back up to speed will be considered for selection again. “He has been injured in the last few weeks,” said the head coach. “He is a West Brom player so it doesn’t change anything with our thoughts on Ken. “He was injured so for a few weeks he was out. He needs to get back his fitness now and he needs to get the confidence of having his fitness back, but when Ken is 100% fit we know we have another possibility in our front three with him.” Zohore began pre-season well under Ismael, who explained how something ‘clicked’ during training with the forward, and he caught the eye in the friendly hammering of Blues. Handed minutes in the opening-day draw at Bournemouth and then the victory over Luton, in which the Baggies were three goals to the good when he entered the fray, Zohore turned in a dreadful display and was omitted thereafter.

38 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live Football Villa boss making a name for himself in the Prem By AsHLey pReece KORTNEY Hause’s bullet header, Bruno Fernandes’ stoppage-time penalty miss, breaking a 12-year hoodoo, Dean Smith’s punch towards the jubilant away end, Emi Martinez’s Cristiano Ronaldo mind games and much, much more. Villa’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford had everything as the joyous players celebrated with the 3,000 travelling fans, including Smith’s mum Hilary, who was smiling from ear to ear at full-time. Here are the big talking points from a much-deserved victory over Manchester United. n Smith makes a statement... again This win was a big one. A big one knowing just how far Villa have come under Smith, who nailed his Old Trafford gameplan as Ronaldo and United’s superstars were kept quiet. Mauling Liverpool, beating Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea last season, Villa are back competing with – and defeating – the so-called big guns. “This club has suffered for too long,” said the head coach, knowing just how desperate he is to catapult Villa back among the elite. “The seeds of belief were sown at Chelsea the other week,” he added, with his group of players now believing they can beat anyone in the Premier League. Smith deserves immense credit for pushing on once again and that’s despite losing a £100 million player. This squad is miles better than it was last season. The players have improved tenfold while the new additions have given Villa a different dimension, whether it’s Danny Ings up front or the exciting Leon Bailey, who has played just 85 minutes. But what about Smith, who’s not even three years into the job at Villa? He has proved once more that he’s among the shrewdest operators in the game, a manager who’s making a real name for himself in the Premier League. Smith deserves a huge pat on the back. He doesn’t get the plaudits – or respect – he truly deserves at times. He has transformed Villa completely. It’s continual progress and that, in itself, is exciting. Smith deserves immense credit for pushing on again and that’s despite losing a £100 million player. This squad is miles better. Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz is in stitches following Bruno Fernandes’ penalty miss ANALYSIS Head coach Dean Smith makes another huge point with victory at Old Trafford n A true love affair Smith has built a culture which has made the Villa faithful fall in love with this group of players. It’s all about the team now, the team shift, where perhaps it wasn’t before. You had Bailey cheering Villa’s every move from home on Saturday as he watched via his laptop. Douglas Luiz was in stitches at Fernandes fluffing his penalty. The scenes in the corner at fulltime were just brilliant to see as John McGinn, Tyrone Mings and those in white shirts hugged, kissed and applauded the Villa support. Team spirit counts for an awful lot and Smith’s Villa have bags and bags of it, which can only bode well from now until May. n Brave back three “I thought we were aggressive and brave against a front four of Ronaldo, Pogba, Fernandes and Greenwood and we stood resolute,” Smith beamed afterwards. Villa’s defending was incredible. The trio of Mings, Ezri Konsa and Hause made 10 clearances, blocked nine shots and produced six key interceptions. Ronaldo didn’t even muster a shot on target. It was a shutout of the highest order and Smith was quick to heap praise on his central defenders. “I’ve got a back three and Axel, who wasn’t playing, who are all good in the air, athletic and very rarely get beat in one-v-one situations,” he said. There’s not too many teams who boast a better calibre of centre-back than Villa at present. A word also for Martinez, whose work against United perhaps went unnoticed. Winding-up antics aside, he was equal to everything. He was immaculate but it was his positioning that stood out. United were put through on numerous occasions but Martinez mopped up the danger as he played high behind Villa’s back three. Goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler is another one, like Smith and set-piece coach Austin MacPhee, who deserves praise. Football Hause: We were just ‘toe’ good! MATCH-WINNER Kortney Hause said Villa deserved to take all three points from Old Trafford after going ‘toe-to-toe’ with Manchester United. The defender scored the only goal of the game two minutes from time before his handball gave United a chance to equalise in stoppage time. However, Bruno Fernandes blasted his spot-kick way over the bar. “It’s a massive win. We’ve come to Old Trafford and it’s Kortney Hause a tough place to come against some big players and a big club,” said Hause. “But we’re Aston Villa and we’ve got some great players as well. We knew we could go toe-to-toe with them and we showed that. “I’m happy we got the three points, it was deserved as well, we stuck to our gameplan, went toe-to-toe with them and had the better chances so I felt it was a deserved win.” On-loan Axel Tuanzebe was ineligible to play against his parent club but Hause is hoping his own performance will see more starts coming in the future. “Like any player, I want to play, I’m not here to wait for my opportunity, I believe I’m good enough to play,” he added. “I’m a squad player like everyone else and whenever I play on the pitch I do my best for myself, the club and my family.” John McGinn feared it would be the same old story against United when Fernandes stepped up to take his penalty. “I thought it was going to be typical at the end,” said the midfielder. “I thought I’d be loading my phone up and seeing all my mates’ fantasy points for Fernandes, but thankfully he’s put it over the bar and the away end’s gone wild.” McGinn believes Villa ‘put down a marker’ with their victory. “It was brilliant. Not many teams will come here and get three points. It was huge for us to set a marker down for this season,’’ he said. “It’s been an indifferent start to the season with a lot of new players trying to adapt. We’re missing a couple of big players as well, so it’s a huge, huge result.”

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 39 QPR v BLUES Dion Sanderson, right, led the way in headers and clearances for Blues By BRIAN dIck IT wasn’t pretty, in fact by the end it was the footballing equivalent of a bull terrier chewing a nettle as Blues and Preston battled each other to an ugly standstill. It wasn’t all like that, the first quarter of the match was a breathless, basketball-type, endto-end encounter that promised thrills, spills and goals. By the time Matija Sarkic had made his third save from Emil Riis Jakobsen the chances of this ending goalless were remote. Preston were looking dangerous, Blues opportunistic and a threat from set-pieces. Nevertheless that’s exactly what happened as both sides either lost their way or drew in their horns – or arguably both. Here’s what stood out at St Andrew’s on Saturday. n Main positive Only five minutes had gone when Troy Deeney clattered Dion Sanderson’s pinpoint cross off the woodwork, St Andrew’s almost exploded at the near-miss. A couple of hours later, by the time the game had finished, apathy had descended. No-one booed, very flew clapped, players and spectators alike sloped off to ponder an unsatisfying afternoon over their evening meals. But the main positive was a first clean sheet in three matches – not the stuff of dreams admittedly, but rediscovery of the stability that has been the bedrock of the Lee Bowyerinspired renaissance. Two of the head coach’s first-choice centre-backs were missing, handing Sanderson a first Championship start for Blues and George Friend a first league start of the season. There were times when Blues’ rearguard wobbled but, to their credit, by the end of the game the makeshift defence had neutralised Preston’s attack. That has to be a good thing because we’ll see the same back three play a much more demanding fixture at QPR tonight. ANALYSIS PRInCE KIyAn FoUnDATIon STADIUM, TonIGHT, 7.45PM n Wolf cub Sanderson’s full league debut was full of promise and evidence as to why Craig Gardner and Bowyer were so keen to bring him to the club. Wolves could have cashed in on him but in the end saw enough potential to hand him a new contract and offer him to a Championship club in the hope he will continue to develop his undoubted talents and progress to become a Premier League-quality defender. This was a good start. After being knocked off the ball by Jakobsen, who set up Josh Earl for a glorious seventh-minute chance, the 21-year-old recovered. He ended up leading the team in headers and clearances, while also creating one of Blues’ two really good chances. Had Deeney applied the finish, Sanderson would have had an assist to his name just minutes into his first league start. His composure on the ball also stood out and Bowyer is going to have a very interesting decision to make between Sanderson and the missing Marc Roberts when the latter returns to fitness. If the youngster can match what Roberts does defensively, his technical ability just might get him the nod. If it does, Sanderson could end up getting 20-odd games at Championship level and returning to Molineux Wolves could have cashed in but in the end saw enough potential to hand him a new contract and offer him to a Championship club. Dion’s start good news for Blues – and Wolves Lee Bowyer faces interesting decision a first-team contender at a position where they need ‘natural defenders’. n Dice roll Bowyer opted to make two changes at the same time – with a quarter of the game remaining, swapping Deeney and Scott Hogan for Lukas Jutkiewicz and Chuks Aneke. Not quite like-for-like changes but ones that didn’t necessitate a change of team shape. The fact they came almost exactly at the three-quarter mark meant they could have been scheduled rather than tailored to the game situation, certainly having seen his team run out of gas at Peterborough, the head coach is more open to spreading the workload. It would be no surprise to see either Aneke or Jutkiewicz start at QPR. While Blues’ options were restricted by the suspension of Gary Gardner and absence of Ivan Sanchez, Kristian Pedersen and Roberts, Bowyer’s tactical hands were tied slightly. A fit Sanchez and Gardner might have enabled him to opt for a diamond for the final 24 minutes but, as it was the only other option, might have been a 4-4-2. After conceding seven goals in two games it is probably not that surprising he didn’t want to risk changing the balance of what was already a makeshift defence and leaving Sanderson and Harlee Dean one-onone with Preston’s front two. It might have had a positive attacking impact, it could just as easily have ended up costing an all-important goal. Football Sunjic ready for entry to the 100 club LEE Bowyer praised Ivan Sunjic as ‘a big player’ for Blues with the Croatian set to make his 100th appearance for the club. With Gary Gardner suspended and Ryan Woods an injury doubt for tonight’s trip to QPR, Sunjic will effectively be the first name on Bowyer’s team sheet at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. If, or rather when, he starts the 24-year-old will bring up a century of games since becoming a record signing when Blues paid Dinamo Zagreb more than Ivan Sunjic £6 million for him in 2019. In his two full seasons at St Andrew’s Sunjic has built a reputation as a combative operator in the middle of the park, albeit without the playmaking skills of some of his compatriots. However, Bowyer believes the former Croatia Under-21 captain is developing in that area too. “I think he has improved. What he had when I arrived was unbelievable energy, he covers every blade of grass on the pitch,’’ said the head coach. “He competes so well and all we’ve done with Ivan is just to improve him in possession – and he has and he will continue to do so. He is becoming a better player day in, day out. “When I left him out of Peterborough, which I take full responsibility for, we missed him. They dominated us in the middle of the park and you need players like Ivan in your side because he reads the game so well, breaks things up, wins second balls. “In this division, whether you like it or not, that’s what you need to be good at. He is a big player for us.” Midfielder Woods bruised his foot in the 0-0 draw with Preston at the weekend and was unable to train yesterday. If he fails to recover in time, Blues will be without two of their three senior central midfield options, with Gardner serving the second of a two-game ban after he was sent off at Peterborough. Woods has been a key part of Blues’ midfield since he arrived on a free transfer from Stoke. “We don’t have another Ryan Woods in the squad,’’ admitted Bowyer. “Marc Roberts is still touch and go.”

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www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 1 TEASER Eight pages of puzzles, quizzes and sudoku STAR SEEKER Can you find the celebrity name hidden in this crossword? Complete the crossword in the normal way, then make a note of the letters contained in all the squares which are marked with shaded stars. These letters will make an anagram of the name you are trying to discover. H 6 ACROSS 1. Lawful (10) 7. Once more (5) 8. Called (7) 10. Value highly (8) 11. Standard (4) 13. Respect (6) 15. Coloured pencil (6) 17. Pile (4) 18. Figure of speech (8) 21. Model (7) 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 22. Happening (5) 23. Interprets (10) 20 16 12 21 22 23 GOGEN H H H H H H H DOWN 1. Hire (5) 2. Desperado (8) 3. Inn (6) 4. Meditate (4) 5. Completely (7) 6. Powerful warship (10) 9. Grow worse (10) 12. Decoration (8) 14. Renegade (7) 16. Dog-house (6) 19. Takes notice (5) 20. Eager (4) H H H General Knowledge Quiz 1. How many events are there in the decathlon in athletics? A Ten B Eight C Twelve D Six 2. Which English caricaturist and author wrote the novel Zuleika Dobson? A Lawrence Durrell B Anthony Powell C Sir Max Beerbohm D Ronald Firbank 3. Of which ancient people was Cerdic the ruler? A Jutes B Saxons C Goths D Vandals 4. Which David Frost programme was sometimes abbreviated to TW3? A This Week- 3 Hour Special B That Was The Week That Was C The Third World D The World, This Week, That Was 5. King Juan Carlos’s wife is the daughter of which country’s former king? A Turkey B Spain C Monaco D Greece 6. Richard E. Grant who presented BBC4’s Write Around the World shot to fame in which 1987 cult classic film? A Chariots of Fire B Withnail & I C A Fish Called Wanda D Quadrophenia Richard E. Grant See Question 6. 7. Who presented the natural history series The Living Planet and Life in the Freezer? A Richard Attenborough B David Bellamy C David Attenborough D Terry Nutkins 8. What nationality was the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard? A Danish B Finish C Swedish D Norwegian 9. During which decade of the 20th Century was the Russian army easily defeated by the Japanese? A 1910s B 1900s C 1920s D 1930s 10. Who played Cathy Gale in TV’s The Avengers? A Honor Blackman B Tracy Blackman C Jane Blackman D Trudy Blackman 11. Who was the last Stuart monarch? A William III B Queen Anne C Charles II D James II 12. Which of the following birds is native to africa? A Ostrich B Emu C Kiwi D Cassowary 13. Which British prime minister was assassinated in the House of Commons by John Bellingham in 1812? A Lord Grenville B William Pitt C George Canning D Spencer Perceval 14. Who wrote the novel Sense and Sensibility? A Jane Austen B Elizabeth Gaskell C William Thackeray D Louisa May Alcott 15. What was the title of the chief magistrate of Venice from about 697 AD? A Don B Drake C Drayton D Doge Insert letters to form the listed words, moving between adjacent cells horizontally, vertically or diagonally in any direction. Insert all the remaining letters of the alphabet (except Z) in the grid so all the listed words are spelt out in this way. J K G N X P Y Q B BARD COST EXIST FERAL JOCKSTRAP MONEY PLAQUE SHOCK SWIG VISTA A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y 1 2 3 K F Q X Y Q B H V P J W CONQUEST DAMP FOLK FUN GLIB JAW LOCK PRIG SAVE SAW SIX THRIVE YES A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y B J V K W T BOND CAUL EXPLAIN GRAVELY HELM JOIST QUACK WAFT A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y

2 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge Kakuro Fill in the white squares with the numbers 1 to 9. Each horizontal block of squares must add up to the number in the shaded square to its left, and each vertical block must add up to the number in the shaded square above it. No number may be used more than once in any one block. 1 2 14 21 14 9 7 8 19 9 10 13 12 16 8 17 8 14 27 5 17 12 9 5 13 10 13 30 23 26 14 8 4 9 9 7 22 7 19 6 9 8 7 22 11 7 15 8 3 14 10 26 10 15 5 12 9 9 13 24 6 11 9 19 14 19 22 6 15 14 8 14 9 11 11 24 13 34 9 6 7 13 9 9 23 13 23 13 11 4 7 12 8 15 9 9 11 3 WORD LADDER Using the clues provided, fill in each step of the ladder with a new word, changing one letter at a time. 1 2 Contest Frame Boulder Security clasp Expression TIME FACE BOOK Placid 3 4 4 11 21 20 7 14 28 12 26 7 17 15 19 6 12 4 17 4 30 42 6 12 14 24 12 12 16 30 24 24 20 24 4 23 19 13 35 25 11 10 12 7 22 7 11 24 29 23 10 3 8 10 13 12 5 12 10 15 20 12 9 10 16 31 30 21 6 25 8 13 10 10 12 13 8 4 4 8 9 3 11 13 13 3 WARP Astute Alcoholic beverage Crank up Celebrity status Travel fee Cultivated land Moderately hot WISH TWO SPEED CROSSWORD This two-speed crossword has two sets of clues, but just one grid. If you can’t solve the Cryptic clues, try the Quick. Cryptic Across 1. Fortieth girl (4) 3. Intimations sent to a professor in confusion (8) 9. One who serves his time (7) 10. Lightweight creature (5) 11. The setting for a bolt from the blue! (12) 13. Standard displayed by an early French invader (6) 15. Tradesman who will give you a hand (6) 17. Where horse-trading takes place? (5,7) 20. Make a surgical incision clean! (5) 21. Mean to balance one extreme with another (7) 22. What the defendant advances with certain satisfaction (8) 23. Let it stay fixed round the tee (4) Down 1. Making another quotation for giving a poetic performance (8) 2. African veto as well, by the sound of it (5) 4. Complete extract from the Testament I read (6) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 19 17 18 16 20 21 22 23 5. Valiant but suffering from fatty cardiac condition? (5-7) 6. It’s not unusual to be an army commander (7) 7. Make a hash of the fishpond (4) 8. Flying observers! (12) 12. Growing to be full during the month (8) 12 14. Re-unite the following for a change (7) 16. I’m coming with two more to have a damaging effect (6) 18. No longer a stage turn, to be precise (5) 19. Mates coming back to strike (4) Quick Across 1. Gemstone (4) 3. Communications (8) 9. Prisoner (7) 10. Weight unit (5) 11. Weather feature (12) 13. Man’s name (6) 15. Trader (6) 17. Securities exchanges (5,7) 20. Weapon (5) 21. Normal (7) 22. Enjoyment (8) 23. Printing mark (4) Down 1. Repeating (8) 2. African language group (5) 4. Whole (6) 5. Brave (5-7) 6. Common (7) 7. Simmer (4) 8. Ornithologists (12) 12. Moon’s quarter (8) 14. Cortege (7) 16. Reduce (6) 18. Precise (5) 19. Smack (4) Scribble pad Uninhabited Resolve ALPHAMUDDLE SPLIT DECISION Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. WELL Rearrange the letters in the grid on the left to make five words that read both across and down. Five letters have been placed to start you off. F I R S T R E E C O N E D A N O C A I N T N D I E O D R E C L S Z P O C O B H O F S M A W R N T K T R W S S J T E L P E F E A D R M E A A N S D

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 3 TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge PATHFINDER Beginning with the top highlighted letter, follow a continuous path of words associated with the given subject. The trail goes through each letter once, twisting up, down and sideways, but never diagonally. BBC Sports Personality of the Year a l y h n e g g r t o i l r a n l e o g i r e u e r v l r y d r k l m o c e s n y n a u z w e f f e s s d i j a d y m a f l i o t s a s k i l l p a r c d n t i r g l u p s i h n j l a l u a l i p a i l l g a o i r a s p g n e d z c o a c e f b r s o m a w a m c z l v e f e a d i n i e i p e a t e r a f s l g r i v t r h g s d e t i n e y h r i s i n a h g r a m i g w c d r s e c r d e a w t b g i l i o s n e a f m v h i r e a d n f a n m o h a e Sudoku Challenge Easy 1 4 2 3 5 1 8 3 6 5 4 1 4 1 3 1 2 9 8 7 4 6 1 8 5 7 6 8 2 8 1 6 7 8 5 1 3 4 8 2 7 6 3 8 7 3 9 9 8 1 4 7 7 8 5 4 2 5 9 3 8 1 9 5 8 6 1 8 5 9 2 7 MIRROR IMAGE Medium Which of the shapes below is an exact mirror image of the shape on the right? A C CLOCKWORD The solutions from 1 to 12 are all six-letter words ending with the letter T in the centre. Moving clockwise from 1, the letters in the outer circle will spell out the name of a US actor. 10 9 1. Coat 11 8 2. Kidnap 3. Wooden hammer 4. Range 5. Hidden 6. Robber B D 12 7 T 1 6 7. Excused 8. Finch 9. Pressing 10. Soundless 11. Recluse 12. Baby 2 5 3 4 4 9 5 8 5 7 9 7 Hard 4 2 1 3 6 9 7 9 9 5 2 4 8 3 3 5 8 1 1 6 4 8 7 4 2 5 6 3 5 3 1 8 9 1 4 7 3 4 6 6 5 6 4 3 1 2 1 5 7 4 2 4 8 1 7 4 2 1 9 5 8 6 3 7 1 9 1 8 6 5 5 9 8 8 9 2 6 8 7 8 4 2 2 7 2 7 4 6 1 8 1 4 1 3 6 4 6 9 4 1 7 2 8 4 3 4 1 6

4 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live TEASER TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge A L O W T L 3 LETTERS ADO PRO SAT SAY SHE SUE WOO ZOO 4 LETTERS GENT HISS LOGO RAPT SCAN SWOT TAPS TOGA 5 LETTERS ANGEL BREED CREST EAGER GLOSS REBEL 6 LETTERS ENSURE GOOGOL GUINEA RETELL SUNSET TALLOW 7 LETTERS AGELESS LOZENGE When you’ve completed the puzzle, rearrange the shaded squares to spell out part of a theatre. We’ve given you one word to start you off. 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6 7 6 7 6 7 6 7 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 WORD WISE The word may sound familiar, but do you know what it means? A Nothing B Greek god of victory C Large Indian antelope NIHIL FILL IN General Knowledge Crossword General Knowledge Crossword A Arched B Combustible C Wool-substitute ARCUATE ACROSS 6. Large feline mammal with a black-spotted light-brown coat (7) 7. River which flows to the Atlantic at Lisbon (5) 9. See 2 Down 10. Central American republic whose capital is Managua (9) 12. Seaport and, until 1974, capital of Tanzania (3-2-6) 15. In Mahayana Buddhism, one who seeks enlightenment to help other living beings (11) 17. Progressive disease with an abnormal accumulation of white corpuscles (9) 19. Large Australian flightless bird (3) 21. See 5 Dn. 22. The Hoover Dam was known from 1933-47 as the -- Dam (7) DOWN 1. ‘The --’, 1978 film with Alan Bates based on a short story by Robert Graves (5) 2 & 9A 1959 film which won Best Picture Oscar (3-3) 3. Salvador, Spanish painter who died in 1989 (4) 4. Close-fitting woollen hood originally worn by soldiers in the Crimean War (9) 5 and 21 Ac. Set of free hanging tubes struck with a small hammer found in orchestras (7,5) 8. Smooth-haired breed of hound with short legs and long ears (6) 11. Form of dance drama of India using mime and based on Hindu literature (9) 13. --- Island in the Pacific is noted for its gigantic stone figures (6) 14 & 16D Novel by Kathleen Winsor set in the 17c (7,5) 16. See 14 Down 18. ‘The --- Horse’, novel by R.M. Ballantyne (4) 20. Large deer, Alces alces (3) TALLOW Solutions Sudoku General Knowledge Quiz 1 A; 2 C; 3 B; 4 B; 5 D; 6 B; 7 C; 8 A; 9 B; 10 A; 11 B; 12 A; 13 D; 14 A; 15 D Star Seeker Across: 1 Legitimate; 7 Again; 8 Visited; 10 Treasure; 11 Flag; 13 Esteem; 15 Crayon; 17 Heap; 18 Metaphor; 21 Pattern; 22 Event; 23 Translates. Down: 1 Lease; 2 Gangster; 3 Tavern; 4 Muse; 5 Totally; 6 Battleship; 9 Degenerate; 12 Ornament; 14 Traitor; 16 Kennel; 19 Heeds; 20 Keen. Star Name: ANTON DU BEKE. Gogen General Knowledge Crossword Across: 6 Cheetah; 7 Tagus; 9 Hur; 10 Nicaragua; 12 Dares-Salaam; 15 Bodhisattva; 17 Leukaemia; 19 Emu; 21 Bells; 22 Boulder. Down: 1 Shout; 2 Ben; 3 Dali; 4 Balaclava; 5 Tubular; 8 Basset; 11 Kathakali; 13 Easter; 14 Forever; 16 Amber; 18 Iron; 20 Elk. Word Wise A. Nothing A. 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US actor: JAMES BELUSHI. 4 2 3 9 8 1 5 6 7 9 8 1 4 7 5 6 3 2 7 3 2 5 6 9 1 4 8 8 4 2 7 1 6 9 3 5 2 5 9 6 3 8 7 1 4 6 1 4 8 5 7 3 9 2 2 3 4 1 6 7 8 5 9 7 6 2 5 9 3 4 8 1 1 9 8 3 7 6 5 2 4 9 6 7 8 5 1 2 4 3 4 8 3 1 2 6 5 9 7 7 3 9 4 6 5 1 2 8 2 7 3 5 8 4 6 1 9 5 4 9 2 1 7 8 3 6 1 9 4 6 7 2 3 8 5 3 2 9 7 4 5 8 6 1 6 9 1 8 5 2 4 7 3 5 1 6 3 2 8 7 9 4 Easy Medium 4 3 9 6 2 8 1 7 5 2 6 4 5 8 1 7 3 9 9 5 7 3 1 4 8 2 6 8 6 5 1 7 3 2 9 4 4 5 9 6 2 8 3 7 1 7 9 3 8 4 5 1 6 2 3 9 7 5 8 6 4 2 1 1 7 6 9 4 5 2 8 3 5 8 2 1 3 9 6 4 7 2 7 4 3 8 5 6 1 9 3 5 1 2 9 6 4 7 8 9 1 7 5 6 4 8 2 3 9 1 8 6 5 7 3 4 2 8 7 9 4 2 3 5 6 1 6 4 1 3 7 9 2 8 5 5 6 2 7 4 9 1 8 3 9 4 8 5 3 7 2 1 6 7 8 6 1 9 5 3 4 2 Hard 8 3 1 7 6 2 4 5 9 7 9 4 2 5 3 1 6 8 6 2 3 8 9 7 5 4 1 1 7 3 6 2 5 8 9 4 5 3 8 4 7 6 9 1 2 2 6 9 1 5 8 4 7 3 3 1 6 4 8 9 7 2 5 9 4 5 3 1 7 2 8 6 5 8 2 9 7 1 6 3 4 4 7 6 1 9 5 3 2 8 2 8 3 4 5 1 9 6 7 1 5 7 2 8 3 6 4 9 7 4 2 3 1 8 9 6 5 5 1 6 8 9 7 2 3 4 6 3 4 5 7 2 8 9 1 9 2 1 8 6 7 4 5 3 1 3 5 7 2 4 8 9 6 7 6 9 3 4 1 5 8 2 Two Speed Crossword Across: 1 Ruby; 3 Messages; 9 Convict; 10 Ounce; 11 Thunderstorm; 13 Norman; 15 Dealer; 17 Stock markets; 20 Lance; 21 Average; 22 Pleasure; 23 Stet. Down: 1 Reciting; 2 Bantu; 4 Entire; 5 Stout-hearted; 6 General; 7 Stew; 8 Birdwatchers; 12 Crescent; 14 Retinue; 16 Impair; 18 Exact; 19 Slap. Word Ladder 1. Face, Race, Rack, Rock, Lock, Look, Book. 2. Time, Tame, Fame, Fare, Farm, Warm, Warp. 3. Wish, Wise, Wine, Wind, Wild, Will, Well. Mirror Image: A Split Decision C O C O A O H M S N A K E T S N S P E E D Pathfinder Andrew Flintoff, Kelly Holmes, Stirling Moss, Paula Radcliffe, Bradley Wiggins, Fatima Whitbread, Linford Christie, Virginia Wade, Paul Gascoigne, Greg Rusedski, Jayne Torvill, Andy Murray, Zara Phillips, Liz McColgan, Joe Calzaghe, Princess Anne, Mohamed Farah, Steve Redgrave. Alphamuddle I D I O D A N C I N F E O C E A T E R N T E R N S J G K W C F L R A E N P X T H M V S I O B Y Q D U 1 K H B X G N M E A U F P V S O C T I R L W Q J D Y 2 X J B D H G S A C U Y K V I L P N M O E T Q W F R 3

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 5 TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge Giant Sudoku Every row, every column and every 5 x 5 box must contain every digit from 1 to 9 and every letter from K to Z. V N 1 S 9 X R 3 K 2 T U M U O K 6 2 T 8 V L Y 7 Y 8 O Q V L 2 V Y P 4 M 1 9 S Z R 5 O P R Z 2 4 L Q X Y S 8 3 T 4 Q L 6 R V S W 2 K L U 9 Q 3 Y S Y O 8 N W S P Z X L 6 U 9 7 U 1 Z R X 2 4 L M 1 6 V 2 Y K W U P 8 2 X Y P 8 O 9 1 6 5 3 L Q P 9 1 W M 4 Z U 1 4 6 U Z 5 M R 3 N 8 O 9 3 R K X N 7 L Y Q 1 T M M S 6 L 7 Y K O 5 R 2 1 8 7 4 5 3 S X W W X Q R 9 V U O 8 M N L 4 Q 7 M T L 8 Y O V 9 5 2 R W 6 Y Q K Z Z V L W T 2 P M 3 7 X K N O M W 9 5 1 R T Q 9 V Z S K M Y O P 5 3 T 7 S Y X 6 4 V 1 3 9 N 4 P 5 K 2 7 Y X Q P V Z W T ALPHADOKU Both the puzzles contain 9 x 9 sudokus but with the letters R to Z. NUMBERFIT Fit the listed numbers into the grid. 1 2 digits: 12 28 33 63 88 93 3 digits: 261 438 443 459 477 482 495 892 4 digits: 1822 1834 2384 2984 4382 4982 5 digits: 58434 58733 6 digits: 292458 522494 689433 788169 844435 924456 8 digits: 51698924 53698236 2 2 digits: 18 24 48 56 3 digits: 453 492 645 779 864 871 923 982 984 988 4 digits: 8128 8348 8568 8788 5 digits: 42289 49387 7 digits: 8441824 9956743 9 digits: 248489752 293285832 293884292 298385362 3 R W Y S Z V S T U Z V Y W R T W S W U U S T R U R V W Y U U S X T Z X W S T R Z T U V R V X 2 digits: 11 18 32 91 3 digits: 110 122 183 319 369 421 658 718 810 821 4 digits: 1923 6581 7383 9941 5 digits: 17305 80496 7 digits: 1189831 6894519 9 digits: 282031204 431293002 488361897 796834914

6 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge REMEMBER WHEN The following events all occurred in living memory. Can you guess the year? A 1. Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait 2. Nelson Mandela was released from prison 3. Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister 4. The first McDonald’s opened in Russia Arrowword E.g. _ Erie US state Of the mind Farm vehicle And not Fiddles Tree Solitary Vigil for the dead Cropped up Fearne _, pictured Wake-up call Caribou Bird of prey B 1. The IRA devastated the Grand Hotel in Brighton 2. Zola Budd hastily became a British citizen 3. Konstantin Chernenko succeeded Yuri Andropov as Soviet leader 4. York Minster was hit by lightning Atomic number 6 Western hemisphere Rim Germs Devoured Scope Dr _, time lord Burden Book worm C 1. Charles Manson was convicted of the Tate murders 2. Idi Amin seized power in Uganda 3. British newspaper The Daily Sketch ceased circulation 4. Baby Doc succeeded Papa Doc in Haiti Boundary Response DIY tool Workout room Rent out Groan Enthusiast Fossil fuel Drift More recent QUICK QUIZ 1. Kate Ford plays which Coronation Street character? 2. Which swinging device is used to regulate clock mechanisms? 3. Of which South American country was Juan Perón president? 4. Who became principal conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1980? 5. Which German Jewish girl wrote a famous diary while hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam? 6. What sort of creature is an Appaloosa? 7. Of which island is Palermo the capital? 8. In the New Testament, which apostle denied Christ three times? 9. What is a nimbostratus? 10. Which US actress starred in Jezebel and All About Eve? Prudently Rescue Deity Firearm Appears Otherwise Vehicle Craig _, pictured Ocean Aquatic Spiral Join Citrus fruit More distinct Delete In the past Gauging Planet Huge Paper chief Floor covering Eras Hire Obtain Entwine Offspring Unit of capacity Travel over snow Reflexive form of 'it' Penny Interlock loops of wool Girl scouts CODEWORD This puzzle has no clues. Instead, every number printed in the grid represents a letter, with the same number always representing the same letter. For example, if 8 turns out to be a V, you can write in V wherever a square contains 8. Using your knowledge of words, complete the puzzle. 1 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 A R 2 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 C Fashion Capture Feeling Falsehood I 3 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Floating platforms 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 A 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 T

www.birminghamlive.co.uk TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 BIRMINGHAM MAIL 7 TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge Giant Crossword 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 ACROSS 1 Conveyed through the atmosphere (8) 5 Red blood cell deficiency (7) 9 Shops (9) 14 The __, quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh (5) 16 Amazing (10) 23 Horticultural area (6) 24 Type of pen (9) 25 Lowers (7) 26 __ Lovell, Apollo 13 astronaut (3) 27 Revolutionary (9) 28 Idris __, British actor (4) 29 Inspirations (5-5) 30 African country (7) 31 Error (4) 32 Joanna __, British actress (6) 33 Worshipped object (4) 34 Tiles (7) 37 Beneath (5) 38 Asian country (5) 39 Part of a flower (5) 40 Keyboard instrument adjuster (5,5) 42 Still __, 2014 film (5) 43 Branch of mathematics (8) 48 Catherine __-Jones, Welsh actress (4) 49 Assign to a position (7) 50 Security devices (8) 51 Weep (3) 52 Passed on in genes (10) 53 Scoff at (6) 58 Photo (8) 61 Mark __, British actor (6) 62 Retire (7) 63 Control (8) 65 Hesitation (10) 70 Legal documents (5,5) 72 Opium extract (8) 73 Pilot (7) 74 Playground ride (6) 75 Leviathan (8) 82 Hot drink (6) 83 Spoken accompaniment (10) 85 __ and the Family Stone, American band (3) 86 Engine parts (3,5) 87 Enclose (7) 88 Slope (4) 94 Take back (8) 95 New __, British band (5) 96 Means of crossing a moat (10) 97 Nose (5) 98 Steer (5) 99 The __, Dutch city (5) 103 Type of bread (7) 105 Twilight (4) 106 Sledge (6) 108 Land unit (4) 109 Mediterranean coastal region (7) 110 One who is not easily understood (6,4) 113 1995 comedy-drama film about a pig (4) 114 Type of pasta (9) 115 Chris __, British cycling champion (3) 116 Examiner (7) 118 Becoming aware of (9) 119 Paradise (6) 120 G. K. __, English writer (10) 121 Dance-pop group of the late 90s featuring ‘H’ (5) 122 Fundamental particles (9) 123 Ugly sight (7) 124 Territories governed by noblemen (8) DOWN 2 Under hypnosis (2,1,6) 3 Night light (7,4) 4 Reputation (6) 6 N. African river (4) 7 Activites that increase self-confidence (3,5) 8 Subsequently (10) 9 Amanda __, British actress (6) 10 __ Peake, British astronaut (3) 11 Inhabitants of Turin? (8) 12 Gaelic (4) 13 Temporary stays (8) 14 Desert animal (5) 15 Without fail (2,3,4) 17 Breathe out (6) 18 Soaked up (8) 19 Playing card (3,2,6) 20 Simon __ __, lead singer of Duran Duran (2,3) 21 Listen secretly (9) 22 Obliterate (9) 31 Adhesive labels (8) 35 X-Men character (7) 36 Begin (5) 41 Blood antigen (6) 44 Butlins staff member (7) 45 Cleanse (4) 46 Conceal (5,2) 47 Scary old woman (5) 54 Roman robe (4) 55 Innocent (5) 56 Fortified stronghold (7) 57 Venerable __, saint (4) 59 Kenyan capital (7) 60 European river (4) 64 Binds (4) 66 Attach (3,2) 67 Excluded (6) 68 Address angrily (8) 69 Slaughter (7) 71 South-paws (4-7) 76 __ Springs, 2012 film (4) 77 Academic cap (6-5) 78 Affected (9) 79 Defence (5) 80 Unrhymed poetry (5,5) 81 Topping up (9) 84 Mechanical gate (9) 89 Large tomb (9) 90 Flower (8) 91 Waterspout carving (8) 92 Flying machine (8) 93 Surprises (8) 100 Slow tempo (6) 101 Boxes (6) 102 Standing stone (6) 104 Inundated (5) 107 Spirit (5) 111 Rational (4) 112 Russian ruler (4) 117 Jonathan __, British portrait artist (3)

8 BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 @birmingham_live TEASER TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge WORDSEARCH Here is a list of Asian countries. Can you find them in the grid? The answers can be found running backwards or forwards, horizontal, vertical or diagonal. AFGHANISTAN BANGLADESH CHINA INDIA INDONESIA IRAN IRAQ JAPAN MALAYSIA NEPAL PAKISTAN PHILIPPINES RUSSIA SOUTH KOREA SYRIA THAILAND UZBEKISTAN VIETNAM YEMEN M A N T E I V X M D S H J G M T H A I L A N D R O R N D Y C B X V S R T V P U Q K M A E C A D R D E N A T S I K E B Z U N A P A J N H K S L Q B H R U G P X D Y K I A I J N R W A C L A D M O E I P A K I S T A N A W J R M S M Y P I S A R S S D T E V Y L B E E I R U T I G E A C A D M K I N F L A L Y M S J L I O C M E V S P I N L Q H A R Y G Z F V Y Q W U H A I M A F G H A N I S T A N T P O Q A I R Y S A I D N I O O E W C H I N A I S E N O D N I N C NINERS 374374578 gives a savage person 67885371 gives a savage person 1287956 gives a crazy person Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters. 5245893 gives a sport 812139 gives a martial art 57156 gives a trainer A test of knowledge for the sporting enthusiast 1. Frew ........, Wimbledon men’s doubles tennis champion with Bob Hewitt in 1967, 1972 and 1978 (8) 7. ..... Athletic, 2011/12 Scottish Third Division football champions (5) 8. Salomon ....., Côte d’Ivoire winger signed by Lille in 2012 (5) 9. Craig ......, former Scotland, Hearts and Sunderland goalkeeper (6) 10. Loosehead ...., rugby union position (4) 12. Dennis ...., Leyton Orient defender sold to Leicester City in 1972 (4) 14. Ivan ......, New Zealander and six-times winner of the speedway world championships (6) 17. Nelson ....., 2008 Olympic triple jump gold medallist (5) 18. Fraser ....., former Swindon, Crystal Palace and QPR goalkeeper (5) 19. Rugby league club that won the 2008 Challenge Cup (2,6) 1. Stephen ....., Ospreys flyhalf formerly with London Irish (5) 2 & 16D Notts County home ground (6,4) 3. Paul ...., former Man City player who authored the 2011 book I’m Not Really Here (4) 4. René ....., Germany and Hamburger SV goalkeeper (5) 5. Michael ... ......, 2013 PDC World Darts Championship runnerup (3,6) 6. Ian ........., Irish fly-half whose clubs included Ulster and London Irish (9) 11. Chris ......, former Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday and England winger (6) 13. Tony ....., 1997-2009 Warwickshire CCC wicketkeeper (5) 15. Ryan ....., former Wales and Manchester United midfielder (5) 16. 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15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 N L J B F A C H E X T K I D P U Z R S O Q Y G W V M 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 A Y X M J N D R Q B V L P F O I E S G K Z U C T W H 3 Codeword Giant Crossword Across: 1 Airborne, 5 Anaemia, 9 Retailers, 14 Chase, 16 Remarkable, 23 Garden, 24 Ballpoint, 25 Demeans, 26 Jim, 27 Anarchist, 28 Elba, 29 Brain-waves, 30 Eritrea, 31 Slip, 32 Lumley, 33 Idol, 34 Roofing, 37 Under, 38 India, 39 Petal, 40 Piano tuner, 42 Alice, 43 Geometry, 48 Zeta, 49 Appoint, 50 Padlocks, 51 Cry, 52 Hereditary, 53 Deride, 58 Snapshot, 61 Strong, 62 Retreat, 63 Regulate, 65 Indecision, 70 Title deeds, 72 Laudanum, 73 Aviator, 74 Seesaw, 75 Behemoth, 82 Coffee, 83 Commentary, 85 Sly, 86 Fan belts, 87 Envelop, 88 Ramp, 94 Withdraw, 95 Order, 96 Drawbridge, 97 Snout, 98 Guide, 99 Hague, 103 Bannock, 105 Dusk, 106 Sleigh, 108 Acre, 109 Riviera, 110 Closed book, 113 Babe, 114 Spaghetti, 115 Hoy, 116 Analyst, 118 Realising, 119 Heaven, 120 Chesterton, 121 Steps, 122 Electrons, 123 Eyesore, 124 Earldoms. Down: 2 In a trance, 3 Bedside lamp, 4 Renown, 6 Nile, 7 Ego trips, 8 Afterwards, 9 Redman, 10 Tim, 11 Italians, 12 Erse, 13 Sojourns, 14 Camel, 15 At any rate, 17 Exhale, 18 Absorbed, 19 Ace of hearts, 20 Le Bon, 21 Eavesdrop, 22 Eradicate, 31 Stickers, 35 Magneto, 36 Start, 41 Rhesus, 44 Redcoat, 45 Wash, 46 Cover up, 47 Crone, 54 Toga, 55 Naive, 56 Redoubt, 57 Bede, 59 Nairobi, 60 Oder, 64 Ties, 66 Add on, 67 Barred, 68 Harangue, 69 Carnage, 71 Left-handers, 76 Hope, 77 Mortar-board, 78 Impressed, 79 Alibi, 80 Blank verse, 81 Refilling, 84 Turnstile, 89 Mausoleum, 90 Larkspur, 91 Gargoyle, 92 Aircraft, 93 Startles, 100 Adagio, 101 Crates, 102 Menhir, 104 Awash, 107 Ethos, 111 Sane, 112 Tsar, 117 Yeo. 9 2 4 4 5 6 5 3 6 9 8 2 3 6 8 8 1 8 2 2 8 4 7 7 2 4 5 9 4 3 8 2 2 9 8 4 4 3 8 2 4 4 3 3 1 8 3 4 3 3 5 1 6 9 8 9 2 4 2 9 2 4 5 8 1 4 8 4 8 9 7 5 2 9 2 8 4 1 8 9 3 4 2 2 8 9 3 8 7 1 8 9 8 2 8 7 8 8 8 5 6 8 4 9 2 8 6 4 5 2 4 9 3 8 7 8 9 2 4 4 5 3 2 9 8 3 8 5 3 6 2 2 4 3 1 2 9 3 0 0 2 8 2 1 9 1 8 8 8 0 4 9 6 2 3 6 9 1 8 1 0 6 5 8 1 1 9 2 3 1 8 3 7 4 2 1 8 1 7 3 0 5 2 9 1 8 1 1 0 7 9 6 8 3 4 9 1 4 3 Remember When A. 1990; B. 1984; C. 1971. Quick Quiz 1 Tracy Barlow; 2 Pendulum; 3 Argentina; 4 Simon Rattle; 5 Anne Frank; 6 A horse; 7 Sicily; 8 Peter; 9 A cloud; 10 Bette Davis. Sportword Across: 1. McMillan; 7. Alloa; 8. Kalou; 9. Gordon; 10. Prop; 12. Rofe; 14. Mauger; 17. Évora; 18. Digby; 19. St Helens. Down: 1. Myler; 2. Meadow; 3. Lake; 4. Adler; 5. Van Gerwen; 6. Humphreys; 11. Waddle; 13. Frost; 15. Giggs; 16. Lane. Niners 1. LUBRICANT: BARBARIAN, CANNIBAL, LUNATIC 2. ARTICHOKE: CRICKET, KARATE, COACH Solutions

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