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Villa boss Lambert: Benteke will be "bigger and stronger" after injury

Benteke is set to be out for six months following an achilles injury Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said striker Christian Benteke will come back "bigger and stronger" from his achilles injury.

The Belgian is out for the rest of the season and will miss this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Benteke is due to have an operation today before going to spend time with his family.

Lambert has promised the club will support Benteke through his rehabilitation process:

"The main thing is getting him back stronger.

"It's a nasty, nasty injury. But he will bounce back. He will come back bigger and stronger."

False alarm after 'grenade-like' device found in Stourbridge


"Grenade-like" device found by member of public off Woolescote Rd, Stourbridge, Sun morning was a car's hydro-pneumatic suspension cylinder

Police have said a device believed to be a grenade, which was found in Stourbridge, was a car part.

Experts were called out to Ludge Bridge Rook off Wollescote Road following the discovery, at around 10am on Sunday morning.

The area was closed off for several hours.

West Midlands Police have said the object was in fact a hydro-pneumatic suspension cylinder from a car.

Debate on controversial HS2 to begin April 28

HS2 trains could have this design
HS2 trains could have this design Credit: HS@/PA Wire

Legislation for the HIgh Speed rail link will be debated by MPs for the first time on April 28.

Phase one of the line will allow a 49-minute link between London and the West Midlands from 2025.

The debate will see MPs discuss the principle of the link between London and the West Midlands and vote on the legislation as a whole.

A two day debate has been put forward by Cheryl Gillan, the Tory MP for Chesham and Amersham, rather than the typical one.

She said:

So many people's lives and homes and livelihoods are affected, so much environment is damaged and there is such a high risk with this project, this House deserves two days' debate on the second reading.

The date for the debate is provisional and could change.


Midlands events for No Smoking Day

30th anniversary campaign poster for the 2014 National No Smoking Day. Credit: British Heart Foundation

Today is National No Smoking Day organised by the British Heart Foundation.

There are 14 events across the East Midlands for National No Smoking Day today. Get involved here.

There are 8 events across the West Midlands. Get involved here.

As well as the health benefits, the campaign also highlights the money that can be saved by stopping smoking. In three months, a smoker who has quit could have saved enough money for a week in the sun or a laptop or new television.

The events listed here are organised by stop smoking services, local governments, schools and colleges, businesses, and many other bodies and individuals.

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