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Jodie Stimpson: 'missing London 2012 was the kick up the backside I needed'

Midlands athlete Jodie Stimpson says missing the Olympic Games was 'the kick up the backside she needed.'

She didn't compete in London 2012 but says it spurred her on to medal victory this year.

She won gold for England in the Women's individual triathlon at the Commonwealth games yesterday.


Drunken man seen walking down M5 motorway

Motorway police in the West Midlands are warning drivers on the M5 to be careful after a drunken male was seen wandering down the carriageway.


Currently watching a drunken male walking on the M5 J2-1. Drive carefully if you're anywhere near.

Officers tweeted that a male was seen walking between junction 2 for West Bromwich and 1 for Oldbury.

'No more chair' for man walking after nine years

A wheelchair-user of nine years has spoken about his determination to walk again.

Before Shaun Stretton began using the facilities at The Parkway Lifestyle Centre - which opens today - he had not walked for nine years.

Shaun's trainer, Scott Parish, said:

"When he first started, he could literally walk 5 metres, and that was a struggle, wasn't it bud? When we first started to assess you..."

Shaun replied:

"Yeah, yeah, I used to be in a chair. When I was, they said 'Shaun, walking again...?' and I said 'no more chair, I just want to walk again'!"

Centre helps man walk for first time in nine years!

Shaun Stretton had not walked for nine years before he started using facilities at The Portway Lifestyle Centre, in Oldbury, which opens officially today.

Scott Parish, one of the centre's trainers, has been speaking about Shaun's remarkable progress:

"He's done really well, he's walked, I think, now around about 110 metres! And before it was with a frame, but now he's walking pretty much by himself."

£18million lifestyle centre opens in Oldbury today

An £18 million centre which helps people with and without disabilities will be opened officially this morning.

The Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury Credit: ITV News Central

The Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury has already had some success. Shaun Stretton has walked for the first time in nine years as a result of using the facilities

Shaun Stretton (right) has walked for the first time in nine years Credit: ITV News Central


Cervical cancer: House of Commons debate on routine screenings age to take place

Jess Evans died from cervical cancer
Jess Evans died from cervical cancer Credit: ITV News Central

The family of a woman from Oldbury who died of cervical cancer after being denied a smear test will see a Parliamentary debate on the issue take place today.

Jess Evans, 22, visited doctors nine times but was told she was too young to be tested, as routine screenings don't start until women reach 25.

Watch: mother campaigns for smear test to be lowered

Mother campaigns after daughter dies from cervical cancer

Jess Evans died from cervical cancer Credit: ITV News Central

A 22-year-old from Oldbury died from cervical cancer after she was refused a smear test by doctors nine times, because she was under 25.

Jess Evans' mother is now campaigning to make doctors and members of the public aware of the symptoms.

Marie Evans has also started an e-petition to give under 25s with the cancer symptoms the choice as to whether they are tested.

The NHS say screening women under 25 would do more harm than good as abnormalities which will normally disappear on their own can be picked up.

Crown Prosecution Service prepared to tackle stalking with 'robust prosecution'

Ryan Dey who stalked Kamaljit Sidhu in the months before her death Credit: West Midlands Police

Martin Lindop, who is from the Crown Prosecution Service, says:

"The CPS takes reports of stalking and harassment very seriously, whether they are alleged to have taken place online, on the phone, in person or any other way.

If there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for an offence of this nature, and it is in the public interest, we will mount a robust prosecution."

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