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Counterfeit goods: Five top tips for spotting them

Parents are being warned about 'snap bracelet' children's toys with counterfeit branding of Disney's 'Frozen' on them, that are potentially dangerous for children.

One woman found the metal inside was actually a cut-up metal tape measure Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council

The bracelets are made up of a flat steel spring band, sealed with a plastic cover. It wraps around the wrist when slapped against it. They are cheaply available on online auction sites.

Nottinghamshire County Council is warning that the plastic casing on the fake band is only very thin and that it is likely to rip, exposing a sharp, cut-up piece of metal that could cut a child's wrist.

So, how to you spot counterfeit goods? Here are five top tips:

  • Be wary of "too good to be true" bargains
  • Be wary of goods sold in car boot sales or pubs
  • Examine the stitching and seams in shoes and clothing
  • Check for poor quality labels and packaging
  • Buy toys from a recognised retailer


VIDEO: Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar meets fans in West Brom

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar meets and greets fans outside his book signing in West Brom.

Sachin Tendulkar meets his fans in West Brom Credit: ITV Central

Hundreds braved the rain and some had even queued overnight to get a glimpse of Tendulkar, who is dubbed by some as the best ever cricketer.

But some may have got more than expected as he greeted and spoke to fans. Watch the moment he met his fans:

Crowds line up to see Sachin Tendulkar in West Brom

Crowds queuing in West Bromwich today Credit: ITV News Central

100's of people braved the rain to catch a glimpse of the former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as he came to West Bromwich to sign his book. Some people even queued overnight.

Described by some as the best ever cricketer - he is only player ever to have scored one hundred international centuries. He retired in 2013 having played 664 international matches

Sachin Tendulkar at a book signing in London yesterday Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment
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Man injured after firework explodes in his face

A man suffered a significant eye injury after a firework exploded in his face. Credit: PA Wire

A man was taken to hospital after suffering a serious eye injury when a firework blew up in his face.

The incident happened at Willenhall Rugby Club in Staffordshire around 8pm on Saturday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the man, thought to in his 50s, suffered "a significant eye injury".

He was treated at the scene and given pain relief before being taken to Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital for further specialist treatment.


Belper wins high street competition

Belper wins high street competition Credit: ITV News Central

Belper has been announced as the champion of the High Streets beating off competition from around the country. There were 135 entries from acrosss the UK. Entrants had to reveal new and inventive ways to boost high streets.

The national competition, launched by the Future High Street Forum, celebrates the achievements of local people in making their high streets great places to live, work and shop.

Belper, and the rest of the winners, were selected across a range of categories for their ability to innovate, collaborate and adapt to changing consumer habits.

They will receive a share of prize money and support from a fund worth £50,000 as well as dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts.

American Airlines to launch Birmingham to NY flights

A brand new flight route between Birmingham Airport and New York’s John F Kennedy Airport will launch next May, American Airlines have announced.

A new flight route between The Midlands and New York will operate from May next year Credit: Felix Hörhager/DPA/Press Association Images

It is hoped that the launch, which will introduce direct daily flights to and from New York from 8 May 2015, will boost business and tourism links, encouraging new intercontinental relationships.

Last year, the West Midlands exported £4.5billion worth of goods to North America and has the largest trade surplus with North America of any UK region, and with global brands such as JLR, JCB, Cadbury and Kraft trading both locally and in the US, this is an important link for Midlands’ business.

The region is also a major tourist destination for Americans, with attractions such as Stratford, Warwick and Birmingham drawing in thousands of visitors every year so we look forward to welcoming many of these tourists into Birmingham next summer and thank the team at American Airlines for recognising the region’s vast market opportunities.

– Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport
The first American Airlines plane will depart from Birmingham Airport on Friday 8th May 2015 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The new route is expected to provide just under 100,000 seats between Birmingham Airport and JFK.

Customers will also be entitled to earn and redeem British Airways air miles due to a code share between the two airlines.

As the seventh largest airport in the UK, Birmingham Airport currently handles more than nine million passengers.

Adding Birmingham to American’s growing global network is an exciting development.

Tourists from the U.S. will have closer access to a wide range of attractions in the Midlands while business travellers will also be rewarded with greater choice when flying across the Atlantic.

– Suzanne Boda, American Airlines Senior Vice President

Firework Code: How to stay safe on bonfire night

Top tips on how to stay safe on bonfire night. Credit: ITV News Central
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  • Keep fireworks in a dry and safe place away from children
  • Read and follow instructions on the box
  • Light fireworks at arms length and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets
  • Direct them away from spectators
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Make sure all fire is out before leaving an area

Top tips: How to make the biggest energy savings

Turn off to save money Credit: PA Pictures

According to the Energy Saving Trust here in the Midlands we could make big savings on our energy bills. Here's their tips on how

Standby Savers - There here are a number of products available to help cut down your standby electricity consumption, such as standby savers that allow you to easily turn all of your appliances off from standby without having to reach for the plug.

Televisions and games consoles are now among the primary sources of our everyday entertainment, yet when left on permanent standby they are costing us £45-80 a year. Check your appliances regularly and switch your supplier to take control of your bills.

Cold appliances - Is your fridge-freezer 15 years or older? If it is, then the chances are that it could be using more electricity than required. As fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers are switched on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it could be worth finding models that are more energy efficient and will save you money on electricity bills. Tenants can ask their landlord to buy a newer model if the current one is faulty or not performing efficiently. If it's not possible to replace the model, then the following tips and advice can help save money on refrigeration:

o Make sure the back of your fridge-freezer is ventilated and dust free - dusting should be done at least once a year to keep it running efficiently;

o Make sure the fridge-freezer is out of direct sunlight from outside or other sources of heat from inside the home, such as your oven or boiler;

o Make sure the door seal is not damaged

o Check that it is cycling on and off as it should - ideally you should only be able to hear your fridge or freezer running 30-40% of the time; and

o Don't keep the fridge-freezer doors open longer than necessary.

Lighting - Lighting is a vital aspect of any home, especially during the darker winter evenings. Lighting makes up 16 per cent of household electricity consumption. By turning off the lights when they're not needed you could save around £7 a year. If households want to go further, replacing all the remaining old-fashioned bulbs with CFLs and all the halogens with LEDs could typically save around £45 a year.

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